This website showcases Orchard Farmhouse.  The details are a general guide only.  Measurements, such as acreages, are approximate.  The house goes on sale in February 2015 when there will be an open weekend.  This is planned to be on February 28th/March 1st.  If you would like to view the house contact us now to book a space.  Viewing is only by prior appointment.  Guide price for the house with its one acre garden is £730,000.  Up to 6.6 acres of paddocks, woodland and orchards also available for an additional £70,000.


farmhouse bed and breakfast Hardy Library  

Former bed and breakfast, holiday home and family home. 

Orchard Farmhouse is a fine Georgian farmhouse with a superb modern wing. The house is large and spacious but also inexpensive to run. There are five bedrooms, two sitting rooms and a characterful dining room. The house lies in a pretty village, roughly midway between Sherborne and Blandford Forum.  The position of the house commands panoramic views. The garden is one acre and there is the option to purchase paddocks, woodland and orchards in addition up to a further 6.6 acres if you wish. The house is on standstone rock, said to be greensand.  The greensand flows down the garden and becomes clay in the fields.  The paddocks have mature hedges, post and rail fencing and gates.  There is a forest garden, a small woodland planted five years ago and now thriving.  There are established and new fruit trees including apple, cherry and damson.  The land is south facing and gently slopes down to a stream.


Try before you buy!  Until February the house can be let for weekends.

£500 for a 2 night weekend, £600 for a 3 night weekend.  Viewings from prospective purchasers start end of February but you can experience the house by letting it for a weekend before then.

The special features of Orchard Farmhouse are:
  • 5/6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 sitting rooms, dining room.
  • Wonderful views over gardens to the Dorset hills.
  • Peace and quiet.  Lounge with woodburner to relax in. Second lounge with open fire.
  • 3 double rooms, 2 twins (one has an ensuite) and one single. Plus a futon and a cot.
  • Woodland garden project, wildflower meadow and fields in which to wander.
  • Gorgeous herbs grow profusely
  • Pick fruit (when in season), including raspberries, strawberries, apples etc. 
  • Rated FOUR star by Visit England (a scheme that rates facilities, cleanliness, comfort etc.)
  • Good broadband so you can download and stream films, tv and radio.
  • Eco friendly: charging point for electric cars.
  • 3.7Kw max of solar power, providing a healthy income on best tariff.
    Contact Rupert, the owner, for a chat about your holiday plans or if you are interested in buying the house. 

    Telephone 01243 576521

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    When guests arrive at Orchard Farmhouse they usually say, "Wow, what a view!"

    After a journey people are often tired so they sit down in the main sitting room to look out over the terrace and garden.  Its a gorgeous vista of over the garden orchard, the wonderful willows and the hills in the distance.   

      gardenlisted farmhouse entrance

    With easy access to the historic market towns of Dorchester, Sherborne, Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum, you are in the heart of a beautiful county at Orchard Farmhouse, Wonston, Hazelbury Bryan, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 2EE. Within an hour's drive you can access coastline as diverse as Lulworth Cove, Weymouth and Chesil Beach.

    woodburner       music sitting room

    Beach Combers

    Studland BayDurdle DoorChesil Beach

    Dorset has some of Britain's finest beaches. Sandbanks is gorgeous. It can be busy in the high days of summer in which case we can suggest some less well known spots near Lulworth Cove and Bridport. The fossils near Lyme Regis are fascinating.  The Hive Beach at Burton Bradstock is a great favourite because of its award winning cafe, serving great local fish.


    There is strong musical tradition in Dorset, especially round Orchard Farmhouse Organic Bed and Breakfast.  Classical festivals are of a very high standard at the Sherborne, Plush and Cerne Abbas festivals.  Poole Lighthouse and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are highly respected.  Folk music features all over the place - favourites are the Budapest Cafe Orchestra who come to this area every year.  There is even a Boogie Woogie festival in Sturminster.  In August is the Milton Abbas Festival in the beautiful abbey. 

    Sturminster Newton has an excellent venue called The Exchange.  It attracts famous musicians such as John Williams.


    Please come and stay and make this your base for drawing and painting the Dorset landscape.

    Below  is one of the fabulous views of Abbotsbury from a tiny side road.  See the barn in the background?  It featured in the film of Far from the Madding Crowd. 

    Abbotsbury with its famous tithe barn which featured in Far From the Madding Crowd