Wooden Cabbage House

Dorchester, Dorset
Bed & Breakfast

English country-house charm at this beautiful hamstone house with pretty garden and valley views, a half-hour drive from the Jurassic Coast


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2



Leafy lanes and a private drive lead you to Martyn and Susie’s beautifully restored hamstone house and garden, hidden in rolling West Dorset. Leave the hurly burly behind, be bowled over by the stunning valley views, feel happy in this spacious stylish home among fresh flowers, fine antiques and lots of interesting, original art from the owners’ travels. Light, airy bedrooms have country-house charm, well-dressed beds and pretty views from each. A delicious breakfast is served in the garden room – homemade muesli, fresh fruit and yogurt, local eggs and sausages – and French windows open to a terraced garden. Twelve years ago this was just a field: now it’s an informal near acre of raised brick or slate beds brimming with colour and scent (all grown from seed or taken from cuttings), a proper English garden with a thatched ‘folly’, sweet peas, fruit trees, hundreds of roses rambling up walls, oak and weeping ash and plenty of good spots to sit and admire it all. The view truly is remarkable from the house and garden, over green fields for miles and not a sound except the happy tweeting of the thousands of birds who choose to visit here so often – they have good taste! You can walk for miles from the doorstep and the Jurassic coast is half an hour away; return to a cup of tea and a good book by the log fire. Charming hosts – nothing is too much trouble.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


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

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Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends.
1 November - 12 March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 3 miles.


Nightly price
from £115
Singles £100.
1 Twin/double
From £115
2 Doubles
From £115


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Martyn & Susie Lee

  • Wooden Cabbage is a perfect place to stay if you enjoy the peace and tranquility of the countryside, and on a clear night fantastic stargazing (no artificial light).
  • Stunning gardens to visit - Mapperton, Forde Abbey, Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens. Historic houses at Forde Abbey, Montacute, Barrington Court and Athelhampton or a little further afield is wonderful Kingston Lacey
  • Bridport has a wonderful market to browse on Saturdays including antiques and bric-a-brac. The series ‘Broadchurch’ was filmed at West Bay and Bridport - 12 miles. Sherborne is a delightful small town, with lovely Abbey and good shopping
  • Jurassic Coast for lovely walks; and lunch at the Hive Beach Cafe, Burton Bradstock, or Rachel’s at West Bay, Crab Shack Portland, - local crab, fish, scallops and other seafood all readily available.
  • Lyme Regis - 40 minutes drive, with a very pretty walk along the way which Martyn will tell you about, and the Hix Restaurant overlooking the harbour, for a good lunch or dinner.
  • Eggardon Hill is good for a walk with stunning views towards Portland and the coast - 15 minutes drive.