Oak Barn at Wooden Cabbage, Dorset

Welcome To The Oak Barn, Self Catering Holiday Accommodation
In A Stunningly Beautiful Valley At Wooden Cabbage, West Dorset

The Oak Barn, built in 2004, offers a wonderfully spacious first floor apartment, which sleeps two and is an ideal hideaway in the countryside of West Dorset and yet within easy proximity of the Jurassic Coast, with Bridport, West Bay and Burton Bradstock being within half hour driving distance. Situated within the grounds of Wooden Cabbage House, where you can enjoy the gardens, views and terrace; and Martyn and Susie Lee will be available should you need any help or advice during your stay.

The fascinating name (of Wooden Cabbage) is a local colloquialism for the stunted oak trees that grow here. As with the name, the Oak Barn is uniquely individual, having been designed by Martyn, made from trees taken from the wood at the top of the drive and hand built by local craftsmen. 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, relax in the beautiful garden or sit in the thatched folly beside Martyn's famous 'veg' patch next to the Oak Barn. You may be lucky to see a fox or deer grazing in our fields on some evenings.

For those interested in bird life, enjoy the swallows and house martins flying around every day and evening, as well as woodpeckers, tree creepers, nuthatches, wagtails, amongst others, and listen to the owls in the evening. In 2021 we had a barn owl nesting at the house - we hope it will return in 2022!

At A Glance

  • Relax and unwind in peace and tranquility
  • Large spacious studio apartment for Two
  • Undercover safe parking
  • Cosy, comfortable and well equipped
  • Easy proximity to Jurassic Coast
  • Lovely gardens and views across countryside
  • Dogs welcome
  • Enjoy beautiful sunsets with a sundowner
  • 5 Star Ratings, with cleaning of high standard
  • Nespresso machine
  • Free Wifi throughout
  • Well stocked village shop within a mile
Dorset Tourism Gold Award 2019

Self catering in The Oak Barn

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.

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.

We ask that dogs do not sit/sleep on the sofas or bed, in order to protect the soft furnishings.
There is a hose in the garden that may be used to wash down muddy paws and tummies.
No puppies or dogs that are not house-trained or clean through the night.

Things To Do

The beautiful Jurassic Coast is just 11 miles away, and makes a wonderful day out, whether you would like to walk on the coastal path or the beach, have a swim, enjoy the pretty village of Abbotsbury or settle down for a seafood lunch in the many different choices (see Eating Out page). West Bay has a pretty harbour and stunning sandstone cliffs for walks, and a delicious lunch at The Rise 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, having the lovely sub-tropical gardens, the excellent Dansel Gallery (woodwork) and you will find a very good Cream Tea in the village. There is a good walk from Abbotsbury to West Bexington and return.

Our Location - near Dorchester, Dorset

Wooden Cabbage is set in the heart of West Dorset's rolling countryside, 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.

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!