News & Reviews
There's always something new and exciting happening at the BridgeHouse such as:
New - MSN names the BridgeHouse as one of its Top Ten Wedding Venues in the UK & Ireland
Far From the Madding Crowd - locations revealed
This latest remake of the Hardy classic draws upon the staggering beauty of West Dorset as the back drop for the story just as the author intended. With much of the filming taking place close to the hotel - Mapperton House is just 2 miles away - the production is credited with revealing unspoilt countryisde which even Hardy would recognise to this day. A list stars Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge and Carey Mulligan have ensured there's enough Hollywood quality in the performances. Director, Thomas Vinterberg must take huge credit for recognising there was only one place he could capture Hardy's magic and choosing to make his film in West Dorset.
DNA Films who produce the film have released a taster film of the locations which can be found at:
Meanwhile, Bridport Tourist Information Centre and BridgeHouse Reception can provide leaflets outlining the key locations used in the film.
New - Broadchurch Walking Trail
Described 'as a love letter to the scenery of the Jurassic Coast' visitors can now walk the new 'Broadchurch Trail' taking in many of the locations filmed for the series. The walk starts off with a climb up West Cliff, then heads down to the Jurassic Pier and harbour before visiting a range of buildings used as the Broadchurch police station, cafe and newsagents.
Also on the trail is a visit to the riverside home of Tennant's character DI Alec Hardy, a cliff hut used in a murder scene at Eype and the beach huts used throughout Series Two of the ITV drama.
It ends with a visit to East Pier and Harbour Cliff Beach, the opening scene of a murder in the first episode.
Guests can obtain Trail Guides from us at the hotel or West Dorset Tourism Information office in Bridport.
Far From the Madding Crowd
It's just about to be released (May 1st) starring Michael Sheen, Matthias Schoenaerts and Carey Mulligan. Much of the filming took place in West Dorset with the production team based in Beaminster. It can only place Hardy back on the map yet again. A welcome return of the native to excuse the pun.
New Restaurant Manager
We're delighted to welcome Ilir Thomollari to the team as our new Restaurant Manager. Ilir, who as you may have guessed is of Italian/Greek origin, has a wealth of experience in fine dining and Michelin starred restaurants. Having great food is only half the story and so we're very lucky to have Ilir take charge of front of house operations. We believe that Ilir can take us to new levels in the restaurant. watch this space!