Gutchpool Farm

Gillingham, Dorset
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1747 612345
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You have your own entrance to a private wing with a garden and an elegant sitting room. Bedrooms are beautiful and breakfast scrumptious


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

You stay in the private wing of the farmhouse with views over farmland, river or courtyard. There’s a grass landing strip so it’s possible to arrive by plane (by prior arrangement of course); horses can be stabled too.

Breakfast choices change often – a convivial affair by the wood-burner in the big sitting room: eggs from the hens in the orchard, perhaps mushrooms on toast with chives, avocado on sourdough with chilli and lime or blueberry pancakes with maple syrup, homemade preserves and freshly-squeezed orange juice.

Have supper at Rachel and Bill’s favourite inn The Beckford Arms in Fonthill Gifford (a 20-minute drive); Rachel gives you a helpful list of other nearby eateries, interesting shops and places to visit too.

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We think you'll love

  • Socialising in the lovely open-plan guest sitting room
  • The light and healthy breakfast menu
  • The glorious rural setting
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You should know

  • The master en-suite bedroom is on the ground floor
  • No baths, just showers


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 10am Monday-Friday, by 10.30am Saturday & Sunday
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
Christmas & occasionally.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Nearest recommended restaurant 10-minute drive. Packed lunch £10 per person.


Nightly price
from £100
1 Twin
From £100
1 Double
From £105
1 Twin/double
From £115



What a find! A delightful place to stay in super-comfortable surroundings and to be welcomed as though we were old friends. The whole atmosphere was generous. We stayed for 3 nights in the large Blue Room (ground floor) with a private terrace where we were amused to see a flock of guinea fowl pecking away - apparently they sound a warning to the hens if a fox is about. There's a good sized guest sitting room with an honesty bar, also where breakfast is served. And what a breakfast! If you're looking for a rural retreat in north Dorest, look no further.

Robert, Chichester

After a long and tiring drive it was a delight to find such a haven as we found at Gutchpool Farm. We had a lovely bedroom and bathroom, and there is beautiful countryside to explore. Breakfast was excellent and very well presented, and Rachel looked after us with care and thoughtfulness. Everything was of a very high standard. We look forward to a return visit.

Marcia, East Sussex

Wonderful week's stay. Beautiful bedroom with luxurious bedding and lovely views. Bathroom has superb facilities. Breakfasts were delightful with home-made marmalade & jams, and eggs & fruit from the farm. Very light & comfortable sitting/dining room. Rachael is an excellent host in true Sawday's style, despite the difficulties in coping with the Corvid rules.

Malcolm, Exeter

A delightful place to stay. The room was perfect and the living area for guests warm, inviting and comfortable. Rachel is a charming hostess and goes out of her way to make you feel at home. I cannot recommend this place highly enough.

Nigel, Winchester

Think open fields outside your window where horses and sheep roam freely. Rachel Hall runs this exceptional place and is a welcoming, interesting hostess. Furnishings and décor are high end, yet the atmosphere so relaxed that it’s tempting to give in to the pervading peace and quiet and loll around all day on the squashy sofas and chairs in the guests’ impressive sitting-room. We felt utterly spoiled in the spacious ground floor Blue Room which offered every imaginable comfort including fine toiletries, slippers, and a private terrace. Cross fingers, we'll be back.

Gillian, West Sussex

If you love animals, birds and wildlife you will be happy here. A very tranquil and relaxing feel to this bed and breakfast. Sleep in deeply comfortable beds, settle into a sofa in the elegant guests sitting room with a good book, and enjoy Rachel's healthy and varied light breakfasts. Fresh coffee and chocolates in your room really pampered here on this lovely farm.

Angie, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

The farm is within the medieval Royal Forest of Gillingham on the edge of the Blackmore Vale. Once part of King John's deer park, there are 140 acres of pasture with sheep and Rachel’s horses, mixed woodland and river. Walks start from the farm – Rachel and Bill have produced a map of trails - and you’re in wonderful riding countryside. You’re six miles from National Trust Stourhead – one of the best places in England to visit for autumn colours. There’s a good village shop in Motcombe (two-mile drive); Shaftesbury – for Gold Hill, the Abbey and independent arty shops – is 15 minutes by car; the Jurassic Coast is an hour.

Local points of interest from Rachel Hall

  • You are 10 minutes from the famous 18th century gardens of Stourhead. Walk the lake stopping off at beautiful classical follies and temples on the way, visit the grotto and sip hot chocolate in the tiny thatched cottage in the trees on a winter's afternoon
  • If walking is your passion then follow the ancient drovers' tracks over Cranborne Chase, abundant with wildflowers in summer. Drop down to a local pub for a quick bite and perhaps visit Cranborne Manor and it's lovely garden on the way home.
  • For art you are in luck: we are 20 mins from the Hauser & Wirth gallery, set in an elegant courtyard, with gardens and an excellent restaurant. And Messums, Tisbury is situated in a magnificent thatched barn, with great exhibitions, events and a cafe.
  • A trip to the Jurassic coast is a must. Enjoy spectacular clifftop walks, secluded bays, swim off Dancing Ledge, find fossils, eat fresh crab from the cabin at Lulworth Cove, stroll along the sands of West Bay and finish with a proper cream tea at Eype.


Rachel Hall

Rachel moved to Dorset from Oxfordshire in 2005; she lives at Gutchpool Farm where she runs the farm and offers B&B. She loves welcoming guests to the farm, and paints, sews and writes in her spare time. She’s Scottish, grew up in the Borders, and the family like going there to walk, cycle, swim and fish for salmon.