Sarah’s love of her native West Country is infectious. You will taste it in breakfasts of local, seasonal produce, see it in the herbaceous borders and pristine lawn of the garden that runs down to the stream, and hear it as she chats about what to see in this beautiful part of Dorset.
Your bedroom is sunny and light, and as immaculate as the rest of the converted barn; there is a single room next door ideal for a child. Pad downstairs in the morning and pause at the huge picture windows to stroke Poppy, who’ll be rolling over for a belly rub.
The deeply rural setting is great for walks, and a 12-minute drive will bring you to Sherborne’s restaurants, independent shops and the Capability Brown gardens of the castle. Walk a couple of miles along the footpath to Stourton Caundle for a pint at the Trooper Inn. Head to The Ship Inn in West Stour for dinner (a 10-minute drive) and return to the comfortable drawing room – with a fire lit on cool evenings.