Drive past the owners’ 17th-century farmhouse and into your own courtyard. Here you’ll find Meadow Barn and an attractive wooden store room opposite. Walk straight into an open-plan space with a double bed at one end, a sofa in the middle and the kitchen along one wall. It’s not huge but exceptionally high ceilings make it feel spacious. Big bi-folding doors and Velux windows let the light flood in and underfloor heating keeps you cosy.
You’ll find eggs from the farm hens, biscuits from Moores Biscuits down the road (makers of the famous Dorset Knob), a loaf of homemade sourdough and all the basics. Ask Alice about buying their homegrown meat and charcuterie – they also have a mate with a micro-brewery nearby and can do tastings. The gravelled garden round the back has a table and chairs and a firepit with logs (and marshmallows) provided.
You’re at the foot of the National Trust Lambert’s Castle for superb walking and views over the Marshwood Vale.