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In the hills above Abbotsbury lies a historic church, a popular destination for pilgrims, history enthusiasts and walkers seeking excellent views.

Dedicated to the patron saint of spinsters, St. Catherine's Chapel has long attracted single women praying for husbands. Yet it's not just the lovelorn who make their way here anymore. Set in the rolling hills of Dorset, the chapel is a picturesque and peaceful place for a stroll. Walk here through pleasant countryside and spend time in its serene hall.

The chapel was built in the 14th century as a place of retreat for monks. Appreciate the tranquil isolation of the setting to understand why it was a perfect spot for spiritual uses. Some historians suspect that the church sits on an even older Augustinian chapel building which, in turn, was set on the foundations of a pagan temple.

Stand outside and examine the sturdy rectangular buttresses of the chapel, one of the only remaining examples of this style in the United Kingdom. Note the unusual stone roof, designed to weather the elements. Get out your camera for impressive shots of the beautifully preserved building against blue skies and green hills, with the famous pebble promontory Chesil Beach in the background.

Head inside for a moment of reflection in the main barrel-vaulted hall. Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims through the ages and make a wish at the south doorway by posting your request to the saint through the holes in the wall. The ceiling above features ornate stone carvings of foliage and animals.

Stop at nearby Abbotsbury, where you can wander through the ruins of the abbey, marvel at exotic flowers in the Subtropical Gardens or admire the elegance of hundreds of swans in the Swannery.

All access to St. Catherine's Chapel is by foot. The church is just 0.5 mile (1 kilometer) south of Abbotsbury village. The chapel is free to enter and open daily. On certain days worshippers still meet for devotions, including Good Friday, St. Catherine's Day (November 22) and New Year's Eve with an atmospheric service. If you do encounter worshippers, remember to be respectful and quiet.

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The Ilchester Arms Hotel
The Ilchester Arms Hotel
3 out of 5
Market Street, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, England
The price is AU$102 per night from 2 Dec. to 2 Dec.
Situated in Weymouth, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Abbotsbury Children's Farm and Chesil Beach. St. Catherine's Chapel and South West Coast Path Section ...
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"The Ilchester arms far exceeded my expectations. Room was huge, comfy and with great lighting. Bed was comfy. Every where very clean, lots of towels and toiletries. Will be back again and go for the same room. Nothing not to like."

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East Farm House B&B
East Farm House B&B
3 out of 5
The price is AU$177 per night from 2 Dec. to 2 Dec.
Situated in Weymouth, this spa bed & breakfast is within 1 mile (2 km) of Abbotsbury Children's Farm and Chesil Beach. South West Coast Path Section 48 Trailhead ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (16 reviews)
"Very charming property. We had a good stay. One thing we hadn't realised was that breakfast is between 8.30 and 9.00 - something to be aware of if your plans need you to be away before then."

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2021

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Abbotsbury Tea Rooms
Abbotsbury Tea Rooms
3.5 out of 5
Situated in the historical district, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Abbotsbury Children's Farm, Abbotsbury Swannery and Chesil Beach. Abbotsbury ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (5 reviews)
"My wife and I looked forward to staying at this B$B but when we arrived there was a closed sign on the facility and despite numerous attempts to contact the facility we got no response. We even asked a local coffee shop owner what was happening, he said they will be there at some point in time. Not ..."

Reviewed on 28 Oct. 2019

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