The Old Rectory Ashmore

Salisbury, Wiltshire
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)7966 225695

Handsome Grade II listed country house looking out over the dew pond in the highest village in Dorset. Relaxed, creative hosts


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

An elegant and much-loved family home set in the picture-postcard village of Ashmore. Its curved yew hedge is topped with magnificent topiary birds, the views across valley and hills almost to the sea are sensational and you arrive to afternoon tea and cake, which Sam serves in the sitting room or out in the sun.

Bedrooms are off separate landings and the master has a children’s room next door. Settle down to breakfast in a sunny room on the first floor: mixed berries and yogurt, homemade bread, continental or cooked choices. Sam is happy to do family suppers too.

Wander around the lovely gardens and down through the woodland, follow the circular two and a half mile walk and spot red kites and buzzards. There are books and games to dip into, and good pubs nearby for dinner.

The Old Rectory Ashmore - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Being in the heart of an idyllic village
  • The eclectic artworks and vintage wallpapers and fabrics
  • Dining out at some of Dorset's finest restaurants and pubs
The Old Rectory Ashmore - Gallery

You should know

  • No pubs or shops in the village


  • 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
From 4.30pm
Check out
10am on weekdays, 10.30am on weekends.
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay two nights.
Christmas, New Year & occasional weekends.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Supper, 2 courses, £25. Pub 3 miles.


Nightly price
from £120
Extra beds available in twin room adjoining twin/double, £50 per person.
1 Double
From £120
1 Twin/double
From £120



This is truly a beautiful location, both House and Garden, set in a quiet Dorset village. Our hosts, Sam and husband Constantine were incredibly kind, welcoming and helpful, and our stay was very relaxing. Shaftesbury with the infamous Gold Hill is nearby, and not to be missed, or tackled! Old Wardour Castle is also worth seeing. However just being at the Old Rectory was the best bit; the antiques- filled interior, the beautiful grounds, and the wonderful breakfasts all combined to make even this short, 2 night stay, very special indeed.

Jane, Fareham

A wonderful and relaxing two day stay here. Beautiful house and garden, excellent room, such friendly and interesting hosts. My husband and I felt just like house guests. Perfect. Thank you so much.

Sue, Guildford

A beautiful twisty drive from Shaftesbury brings you to the picture perfect rectory set behind the pond and flanked by cedars. If the front impresses just wait till you see out the back! Sam, herself an antiques dealer, welcomes you warmly to their lovely home filled with treasures snd beautifully decorated and waved you off next day after a hearty home cooked breakfast. I stayed with my two married daughters for a girls only weekend. A real treat!

Sue, Bath

We stayed for five nights with Sam and her family and enjoyed every minute we were there. It was our base for a holiday discovering most of Dorset. The house, set in a quiet village next the the village pond, is a beautiful old manor house, impeccably decorated, with all mod cons, and amazing views southward towards the far distant sea. Breakfast, which we ate in the kitchen with Sam, her family and their dog was always delicious. This was our first ever B&B experience and we loved it!

John, Melton Mowbray

The whole setting - from pulling up outside on the gravel drive after passing the village pond to the impressive house - was stunning - room was pretty and bright with views over the garden to the horizon beyond - one of the most tranquil places we have ever been - comfy bed, great bathroom and plenty of space - friendly hosts ensured we got the most from our visit with great tips on where to go and a concerted effort to book us in to a restaurant on a busy Saturday night - nightcap was a lovely gesture too

Richard, Liverpool

We stayed at The Old Rectory for a local wedding and it was perfect. The rooms are absolutely beautifully decorated with amazing bathrooms. The house is in a fab location in a lovely village. Sam was a great host, so friendly and cooked us a delicious breakfast. Would definitely recommend and look forward to coming back!

Vita, London

We recently stayed at The Old Rectory for one night. To say that this house is idyllic is an understatement. Our room was spacious, well decorated and it had a stunning view overlooking the pond. Sam couldn't have been a more attentive host, cooking us a delicious breakfast. I couldn't recommend this house more, looking forward to my next visit!

Natasha, London

A truly stunning house set in the middle of Ashmore village. Our room was beautifully decorated, had an extremely comfortable bed and a lovely view overlooking the pond. Sam was very accommodating and cooked the most delicious breakfast for us - reason alone to stay here if you are in the area!

Robert, London

Ashmore is a favourite village for so many people. It has barely changed in 100 years, with its village pond, thatched cottages, and farms that huddle around the centre. Utterly peaceful. The Old Rectory, standing proud near the pond, is a welcoming, family home with a real sense of history. You can truly relax here, listen to the birds, eat well and have long walks. Just perfect!

Angie, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

Ashmore is surrounded by ancient forests. The Old Rectory opens its front garden to stall holders and barbecues at the midsummer celebrations; dance around the village dew pond and as dusk falls watch The Horn Dance, performed as it was hundreds of years ago. Fishing day tickets are available on river Nadder nearby. The nearest shop is in Ludwell (three miles). The Museum Inn, Farnham (three miles) or The Forester Inn at Donhead St Andrew (12 minutes' drive). Tisbury is Sam's favourite village - well-known for its organic food stores, delicatessens and artisan shops (20 minutes by car). Shaftesbury is six miles: small, arty market town with the famous 'Gold Hill'.

Local points of interest from Sam Lindsay

  • Dating from before Roman times the small picturesque village of Ashmore is the highest village in Dorset. Much loved by walkers for its spectacular views, the surrounding area also has some of the finest houses and gardens in England.
  • Foremost amongst these are the famous gardens at Stourhead and the house and garden at Kingston Lacy. On an even grander scale the spectacular Wilton House also has an adventure playground for energetic children.
  • For food lovers the Castleman restaurant can be found just down the road in Chettle. The local areas also has some excellent pubs with very good restaurants. Amongst these are the King John, the Museum and the Fontmell.
  • For daytime excursions and meals, Pyt House Garden tea room is a favorite. After a meal you can visit the local towns of Tisbury or Shaftesbury and enjoy the local shops.
  • For antiques lovers Sam has an ever changing collection for sale in the house. Nearby there is also the Dairy House antiques center and Kingsettle in Semley. Further a field is the market town of Sherborne with a number of antiques shops.
  • Within a short drive the historic Jurassic coast has some beautiful beaches that are well suited for lazy picnics.


Sam Lindsay

The Old Rectory has been in the same family for over 40 years; now the younger generation, Constantine and Sam, live here. Constantine is an art dealer and restorer. Sam has stalls at vintage fairs around the country and specialises in collecting and selling Victorian spongeware pottery and vintage fabrics. She's active in village life and helps organise the annual 'Filly Loo' summer solstice celebrations in Ashmore, which have been held annually for many years. They have three children and a friendly dog called Muffin.