The Travel Book

The Travel Book – Clavell Tower, Kimmeridge, Dorset

If you ever get a chance to visit Dorset and have time to visit various beaches, then one that you should consider is Kimmeridge Bay. There is a lot to see in this area as there are some great walks and a great beach but today we are going to talk about something that is worth seeing that also is apparently a place you can even stay if you desire.

The Clavell tower has been around since 1830 and is a grade 2 listed building. It consists of four towers and is located just above Kimmeridge Bay on the Hen Cliff. It has a fantastic view of the Jurassic Coast surrounding it and is 330 feet above sea level.

The tower has a lot of history linked to it, Thomas Hardy for example used to use the tower a lot and take his first love Eliza Nicholls to it to stay. It was also used for inspiration for P.D James 1975 novel The Black Tower.

In 2006 the building was rebuilt and moved back 25 metres to avoid the land erosion of the cliff. It was also rebuilt by The Landmark Trust so that it could be used as a rental as well. The building sleeps 2 and can be rented for £552 for 4 nights depending on what time of the year that you stay.

I have never stayed at the Clavell Tower, however I wanted to include it in my travel Book as I remember when I went to Kimmeridge Bay I thought the building was really interesting. Since there is nothing surrounding it, the building truly stands out on its own and you do not have to be a guest to truly appreciate the structure.

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