English living on a grand scale

English living lives on on a grand scale in Hardy’s Dorset close to the coast. There are rooms for curling up and reading, fires to witness family games, drinks in the drawing room, grounds for picnics and lawns for high tea. Sit back and drink to England.

The only way is Wessex

This is where Thomas Hardy painted verbal pictures of a land he called Wessex. That was a myth, but The Old Manor House in deepest Dorset is real enough. In fact, it’s larger than life. There’s swagger in the swagged curtains, ancient wonder in the wood panelling and a staircase for which the word sashay was invented.

There are huge spaces to reacquaint yourself with family and friends, and places to escape to, too. The garden room is ripe for a curl and a read. The kitchen and gym are modern swells in a sea of classical beauty.

Wander the rose garden before lunch, amble among the fruit trees, spot hares amid the herbaceous borders, walk the woods. After dinner, the garden room’s the place for coffee or something stronger, or sit out on the balcony outside the magnificent drawing room to watch over family games.

Indulge in English living on a grand scale. Take tea on the lawn, picnic in the grounds, take drinks in the drawing room. Live life large in the grandest manner possible. Truly, the only way is Wessex.

Gardens and Grounds

Explore the nine acres of beautifully landscaped gardens at The Old Manor.

Picnic down by the pretty water fountains. Sip your champagne, as the birds swoop down besides you to bathe in the rippling water.

Season your culinary creations from the garden kitchen at The Old Manor. Rosemary, parsley, thyme, get your taste buds tingling.

Wander through the delicately landscaped rose gardens. Meander along the lawns and let your troubles melt away as you enjoy the scents and sound of a great British garden.

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Living Spaces and Gym

Need to get battle-ready? Hit the gym which is fully equipped with running machines, rowing machine, cross trainer, medicine balls, gym mats and free weights, and not to mention the flat screen TV to keep your motivation up.

Choose from two large living rooms. The formal drawing room on the first floor has large comfy sofas, huge windows opening out on to a balcony and an impressive chandelier. This is the perfect family room with and loads of space for everyone to spread out and relax together.

The second living room, also on the first floor, has a large TV, perfect for the grown-ups to watch sport or a movie. The high ceilings only add to the light and airy feel of the room, and the open fireplace make it cosy even on the coldest of nights. Downstairs is the family sitting room, perfect for the kids, with a TV, toys and a host of DVDs.

For a moment of calm and quiet head to the study. A traditional wood panelled room ideal for getting lost in a good book.

Cooking and Dining

The modern kitchen at The Old Manor is at the heart of the house, as every good kitchen should be. Make use of the huge Aga oven, get the whole family involved, chopping on the large kitchen island and stock all your treats away in the massive fridge freezer.

The traditional dining room is both grand and regal. Dine like kings and queens at The Old Manor, but make sure you soak up the stunning views of the gardens. Or take breakfast in the Morning Room, a relaxed light room.

Enjoy the pleasure of some extra luxuries to make your holiday or weekend even more memorable.

We’ve top class chefs available to create and serve a special three course dinner, drop off ready meals when you arrive, or serve a classic brunch on Sunday morning. Or book a chef for the week and relax.

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The Old Manor has nine beautiful bedroom suites, all furnished luxuriously, with masses of space. Most have wonderful views over the gardens. One of the suites is located on the ground floor, ideal for older or less able guests. Each bedroom has its own dedicated, private bathroom, most ensuite.

The master suite is an impressive regal bedroom with delicately sweeping curtains and amazing garden views. There is also a large and luxurious en suite bathroom.


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What People Say

What People Say

''My friends and I found our stay at The Manor House, Puddletown over New Year 2015 a delight. A beautiful house with an equally lovely garden, quiet and secluded and yet in the centre of the village. Gracious well furnished rooms – awesome at first; cosy and familiar by the end of the week. Log fires laid and ready to be lit and plenty more logs and kindling ready to be collected from the woodstore. We had our traditional black tie dinner on New Year’s Eve by candlelight – unforgettable. More than enough space for 8 adults and 6 kids and 4 cars. Excellent walking in the beautiful Dorset countryside from our door; and no distance at all to the spoonbills at RSPB Arne, the chance to go fossiling on the beach at Lyme Regis and the Cerne Abbas Giant for a naughty pint of fine local bitter. I’d recommend it to anyone.'' - John
"Simply beautiful. We were impressed from the moment we arrived to the second my husband forced me to leave. We had a great time." - Janice
"Thank you for a lovely weekend in Dorset. A beautiful part of the country and the house is just as nice." - Robert
The whole family, 14 in total, gathered at the Old Manor House to celebrate significant birthdays and an anniversary. We received such a warm welcome and exploring the house and gardens on arrival was so exciting for everyone. A lovely welcome hamper, ready laid fires and sumptuous accommodation soon had us feeling at home and ready to embark on cocktails and an excellent black tie dinner, beautifully cooked, delivered and cleared away by the local catering team. The house had so much to offer for all ages... a wonderful, magical place for a large family gathering. - Liz
"Thanks for an amazing weekend at The Old Manor. We absolutely loved the house and the gardens – a proper treat. Really appreciated how welcome you made us feel, not least the lovely hamper with all the essentials and the fire places ready-to-go. We’ll definitely return. Can’t recommend the place highly enough!" - Amanda

Comb the coast or cram in a cream tea

Step back in time and head to fossil-filled Lulworth Cove for rock-climbing and crabbing. The Jurassic Coast is bursting with coves and caves; castles and country pursuits. Don’t forget your cream teas.

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