The Old Rectory Lodge

Dorchester, Dorset
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)7973 927208

A newly built Portland stone and thatched cottage in the grounds of an old rectory with hills, meadows and the river Frome surrounding you


1 room


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

You walk straight into the bedroom (this is completely wheelchair friendly) with antique furniture and comfy double bed. Wide doors lead to the bathroom with its walk-in shower and fluffy towels. Nessie bakes you a cake and for the morning will leave you a hamper of croissants, butter and local jam, but if you fancy something bigger it’s a 20-minute walk to Maiden Newton for a full English. She’s also happy to cook you dinner if you like – just ask in advance.

Watch TV or read a book in the tiny little sitting room (converted from a dressing room), sit on your own south-facing patio with a table and chairs, wander the garden, try your hand on the tennis court (bring your own raquets and balls).

You’re near the Frome Valley Trail for walking and cycling, or join the Wessex Way. The nearest beach is West Bexington, a 20-minute drive, Bridport has a fabulous Saturday market.

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We think you'll love

  • The wonderful walks all around
  • The total quiet apart from countryside sounds and much birdlife
  • Driving just 10 minutes to the excellent pub, The Acorn Inn in Evershot
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You should know

  • Continental breakfast only
  • Extra fold-out bed available for a small child
  • The owners' dogs and cat will be ambling about


  • Swimming pool
  • EV charger
  • 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
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs/restaurants 0.5 miles.


Nightly price
from £100
Dinner, B&B £80 per person.
1 Suite for 2
From £100


Nessie is the most wonderful host, clearly wanting the best for her guests. The suite is situated in the most picturesque Dorset village surrounded by lush water meadows and rolling hills. So many places nearby to visit particularly if you are a lover of everything Thomas Hardy. Not too far to the beach at West Bexington and to the fabulous Chesil Beach. Dorset at it's best!

Andrea, Sawday's Inspector

This was the perfect post-lockdown escape that we'd been dreaming of. The Old Rectory is in a stunning part of Dorset and the cottage itself is in a serenely peaceful garden which looks onto fields and the rolling countryside. The cottage is so comfortable, homely, and beautifully decorated. Nessie was a truly delightful host - so welcoming and friendly! She baked us a delicious fruit cake and tailored our breakfasts depending on what we wanted each day. We absolutely loved our stay here and can't wait to come back!

Amelia, London

We had an absolutely wonderful stay at the Old Rectory Lodge and would definitely recommend it. The countryside around it is stunning, with beautiful walks along the Dorset coast or inland among the hills and valleys both an easy distance from the Old Rectory. Nessie was the most perfect host. She provided us with delicious breakfasts, a homemade cake on arrival and fantastic information on where to walk, eat and visit. We had the best time possible and were very grateful for the experience.

Harry, London

We were lucky enough to be Nessie and David’s first guests post lockdown in their lovely new accommodation in the lodge in their garden. It was a beautiful location, our hosts were lovely and welcoming offering useful advice and information about local area.Their COVID safe set up worked well. We look forward to returning soon to further explore this lovely part of the country.

David, Brentwood, Essex

A glorious part of Dorset for wonderful walks inland or at the coast. Birdlife is prolific too.

Nicola, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

The house sits in the Frome Valley with its patchwork of green fields, gentle hills and mellow stone villages; pure Thomas Hardy. A 20-minute walk will take you to the coffee shop in Maiden Newton; a 10-minute drive to Evershot and The Acorn Inn, or smarter food at Summer Lodge Hotel. Dorchester has a good museum, Mapperton has a Jacobean house and magnificent Italianate garden. Pack up a picnic and head to the coast for a grand day out.

Local points of interest from Nessie Owen

  • There's a beautiful 12th century church next door with an ancient Cedar tree in the church yard which is reported to be healing - it certainly gives you an air of calm and tranquility! The garden and grounds offer many peaceful spots to hide away.
  • We are 15 minutes from Bridport, West Bay and Burton Bradstock which have glorious walks along the Jurassic Coast. Why not walk from Charmouth to Seatown and have lunch at The Anchor Pub, taking in Golden Cap! On a good day it can't get more special
  • There are lots of gourmet pubs and restaurants nearby including Hix in Lyme Regis (40 mins), Summer Lodge (10 mins), The Seaside Boarding House (20 mins), Fox and Hounds in Cattistock (2 mins), The Crab Shack in Weymouth (25min) to name a very few!
  • Glorious walks and Bike Rides straight from the house, including The Frome Trail along the River Frome, a walk up the Ilchester Estate valley and masses of bicycle rides. You don't need to get into a car to find a glorious walk, if you don't want to!
  • Dorchester is only 20 minutes away for Thomas Hardy fans and Lulworth Cove, Corfe Castle are within an hours drive. There is a river near the house for fun swimming (an idyllic spot for picnics!}
  • A new level cycle path has opened nearby to Bridport along the old Uploaders railway line. Electric bikes for hire if you want to take it easy! This is a great family bike ride in stunning countryside all the way to the Jurassic Coast


Nessie Owen

Nessie used to cook for parties and weddings, David worked for Formula 1. They've lived here for some time and have two young children. They built the lodge for David's parents, and are still working on the rectory - a never-ending project. They know this area well and can tell you about all the best walks with your dog.