The Ollerod

Beaminster, Dorset
Hotel
+44 (0) 1308 862200


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

Bedroom

13 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

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. Chris is in charge in the kitchen – local ingredients, including fish straight from the waves. He delights and cooks in a fresh, inspirational way. 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

Essentials

  • 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
  • Cot available

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 11am
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Dogs

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)

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

Pricing

Nightly price
from £99
Surcharges
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.
10 Twin/doubles
From £99
1 Double
From £120
2 Family rooms for 4
From £135

Accommodation

Reviews

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

Nicola, Sawday's inspector

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Location

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 Chris Staines

  • 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.

Introducing

Chris Staines

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