Welcome to Wooden Cabbage, and Self Catering Oak Barn
Country house near Dorchester in a stunningly beautiful valley in West Dorset
Martyn and Susie's gift for putting people at ease makes every visitor feel relaxed and welcome at Wooden Cabbage. Situated West of Dorchester, South of Sherborne, and just 12 miles north of Bridport.
The fascinating name (of Wooden Cabbage) is a local colloquialism for the stunted oak trees that grow here. As with the name, our lovely house is uniquely individual. As you arrive at the top of our long private drive the breathtaking beauty of the fabulous view makes most guests stop their cars to look and admire. After arriving, enjoy a cup of tea in the beautiful garden or sit in the thatched folly beside Martyn's famous 'veg' patch. You may be lucky to see deer grazing in our fields on some evenings!
At A Glance: We are Covid Safe, respect social distancing, and have required cleaning measures in place
Luxury Country House in Dorset Bed and Breakfast currently unavailable
Self catering in our Oak Barn available, subject to Covid restrictions
Our lovely Oak Barn and garden,with sensational views, help this to be the perfect escape with farmland all around. See the stars at night with no noise and little light pollution. Every comment in the Visitors' Book is a testament to the many happy people that arrive as strangers and leave as friends.
We can recommend beautiful gardens, places to visit, walks from the house - off the beaten track - or on the coast nearby; and we direct you to the best local pubs and restaurants for evening meals if you prefer to go out, though a seafood lunch on the coast is also very good.
Martyn and Susie offer a peaceful relaxed and safe environment which is much enjoyed by all the guests.
Dogs welcome, Self Catering in West Dorset...
The Oak Barn located adjacent to the main house is our dog friendly self-catering enormous studio. Your dog will enjoy our fields; which are ideal for walks!
The Oak Barn is a very large and spacious room, approximately 16m x 5m with a super king size bed (6'3" x 7'6"), and includes a sitting room area with two sofas and armchair with a television (which is also viewable from the bed!) The flat also has a large dining table and chairs, kitchen area with fridge, electric hob, electric oven and microwave, and washing machine.
Two single beds are also available in the room, for children over six, and charged as an extra price.
Our Location in West Dorset...
Wooden Cabbage is set in the heart of West Dorset's rolling countryside, view here from top of our drive, in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty; 6 miles from Yeovil, 12-15 miles from Dorchester, Bridport and Sherborne and 25 miles from Weymouth. Surrounded by woodland and fields that are criss-crossed with footpaths and bridleways, it is a walker's paradise. Within a short drive are the seaside towns of Lyme Regis and Charmouth to the West, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Studland to the East. Charming villages of Abbotsbury and Cerne Abbas and the old market towns of Sherborne, Beaminster and Crewkerne.
Wooden Cabbage, with our very comfortable self-catering accommodaton, and some B&B, is the ideal base for garden lovers; ideal for a short break visiting National Trust Gardens and Houses, as well as other lovely private gardens, or those in the National Gardens Scheme. Gardens of particular interest include Forde Abbey, Mapperton, Minterne, the Subtropical Gardens at Abbotsbury, Athelhampton, Kingston Lacy and Stourhead. Also highly recommended is the 'Sculptures on the Lakes' near Dorchester.
The beautiful Jurassic Coast is just 11 miles away, and is well known for its fossils, particularly at Charmouth where there is an excellent and informative museum, and always the chance to find your treasure. West Bay has a pretty harbour and stunning sandstone cliffs for walks, and a delicious lunch at The Hive or 'Rachels' overlooking the port, or more good walks at Burton Bradstock where there is the excellent Hive Beach Cafe. Abbotsbury village is not to be missed and you will find a very good Cream Tea here.
Meander through the beautiful Marshwood Vale to get to Lyme Regis, to visit The Cobb, enjoy the local harbour and shops, and perhaps lunch at the Hix Oyster and Fish House or very good (vegetarian) Tierra Kitchen.
A walk up Golden Cap is not for the faint-hearted, but well worth it!
Cycling in Dorset is very popular and we have ample space at Wooden Cabbage for safe bicycle storage.
Have a day fishing at Sutton Bingham reservoir (4 miles), stocked with Rainbow Trout; or a day sea-fishing from Weymouth with Dan Clarke.
For garden lovers, why not attend one of the fantastic Specialised Pruning Courses with Jake Hobson, located just half a mile away. Hugh Fernleay-Whittingstall is also closeby at Axminster, and we now have Mark Hix running the Fox Inn at Corscombe (3 miles) who intends to have a local market in the car park every Saturday.