The Ollerod

Beaminster, Dorset
+44 (0)1308 862200
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£165 - £285
per night

This warm and friendly little hotel is on a mission - to give you really good food, excellent wine and a very comfortable night's sleep


9 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£165 - £285 per night

The Experience

Beaminster – or Emminster in Thomas Hardy’s Tess – sits in a lush Dorset valley. From the hills above, you drop through glorious country, rolling down to this old market town, where the church tower soars towards heaven. As for this lovely hotel, it’s a 14th-century priest’s house and comes with original trimmings: stone flags, mullioned windows, old beams and huge inglenooks.

You’re looked after beautifully but it’s the friendliness you’ll remember – there’s no pomp or ceremony, it’s intimate and deeply comfortable, with something beautiful at every turn. The kitchen champions local ingredients, including fish straight from the waves. Bubbly Silvana is front of house and takes great care to make sure you’re as happy as a sandboy.

It’s worth exploring the village, particularly the church and its magnificent tower with 41 ‘crocketted’ pinnacles. You’re right next door to the Beaminster Museum and when you’ve done with that there are five circular walks in the hills surrounding you.

The Ollerod - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The food
  • Feeling so very much at ease
  • Sampling wines or gins in the bar or garden
The Ollerod - Gallery

You should know

  • You're on the main road
  • You have to drive to the beach
  • The restaurant is closed for dinner on Tuesdays & Wednesdays


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 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
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • 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



Nightly price
from £165
Dinner, B&B £82.50-£145 p.p. (obligatory on Fridays & Saturdays from April to September). Extra beds: children under 17 £25; adults £35-£50.
8 Twin/doubles
From £165
1 Family room for 4
From £245


Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 11am
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Dog treats on arrival. Special menus on request, drying towels and best walks advice.

Dogs £15 per dog per night. Max. 2 per room.

Secure walled garden (with poop dustbin & bags); public bridleway walks along the river Brit Valley Way (occasionally horses in nearby fields)

Starters from £8. Mains from £17.50. Restaurant closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays (breakfast still available for residents).


A friendly and well-run pub - efficient staff. We enjoyed the mackerel, followed by warm brownies.

David, Bedfordshire

Really friendly welcome, lots of care - food seriously good, very comfortable bed.

Nicola, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

This is a very pretty, 'picture-postcard' town with good independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. It sits in a natural valley and the houses are built from Ham Hill stone - they glow golden as the sun sets - so it's got a reputation for being arty thanks to the many artists who have settled here. Five hills surround you for wonderful walks, Bridport (15 minutes on the bus) and Lyme, a half hour drive, are close for great restaurants, fossil hunting and plenty of beaches for body boarding and picnics.

Local points of interest from Silvana Bandini

  • Abbotsbury Swannery and Sub-Tropical Gardens. See baby swans hatch live in May.
  • Beaminster Festival - in June/July - music, art and celebrity.
  • Fossil hunting for ages at Charmouth Beach - part of the Jurassic coast just 15 minutes drive.
  • Bridport Literary Festival - book & author events, poetry, theatre, children's entertainment - every November
  • Mapperton House, Athelhampton House & Forde Abbey - a choice of 3 amazing country houses & gardens.
  • Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford; Royal Navy Air Museum Yeovilton & the Tank Museum, Bovington.


Silvana Bandini

Owning her own hotel and restaurant has been Silvana's lifelong dream so she was thrilled when she stumbled across this beautiful old building. She fell in love with all the character in the house - the stone fireplaces, mullioned windows and wobbly floors and knew she was just the person to bring this unpolished gem back to life. She's created a home from home experience with warm service and fabulous food.