Manor Farm

Dorchester, Dorset
Bed & Breakfast

It's very quiet and peaceful here, high above the Jurassic coast with tiny lanes, tall hedges and sheep-dotted hills


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Tessa’s family have lived in the flint and stone house since 1860 so it’s crammed with history but not in the least daunting. It’s a real family home with books galore, pictures, maps and photographs and from all the windows views soar to the chalk hills.

You breakfast by the wood-burner in the dining room: sometimes homemade granola, always homemade jams and marmalade, fruit from the garden in season and good bacon and sausages sizzled in the Aga. Supper can be two or three courses and sometimes simple, sometimes smart but always with garden vegetables and a pudding and eaten outdoors in summer.

The Macmillan Way passes through the hamlet so join it in either direction for short or long walks. A two to three hour hike will take you to Abbotsbury – a unique coastal village with a swannery – you can always get a taxi back. The nearest decent pub is a 10-15 minute drive – The Spyway at Askerswell. Return to very private bedrooms up your own staircase.

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We think you'll love

  • Having such a private-feeling B&B space
  • Staying in for a home-cooked supper
  • The magnificent views over quiet countryside
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Home truths

  • You'll be welcomed by two friendly dogs
  • You can't walk to a pub
  • This is the countryside – there are sheep and muddy lanes


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 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
  • 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

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dinner, 2-3 courses, from £15. Pub/restaurant 4 miles.


Nightly price
from £80
1 Double
From £80
1 Twin
From £80


An incredibly elegant house in lovely countryside. Tessa is warm and engaging and the B&B bedrooms have stunning views.

Nicola, Bristol

Back again with our grandchildren for 4 nights. We just love it here and couldn't wait to be back after a visit last year. Everything just the same. Beautiful countryside. Warm and friendly helpful hosts. Lovely rooms and super breakfasts. Tessa cooked us a delicious meal the first night with home grown veg and lovely fresh cod. The baked apples and custard were a favourite. This is such a lovely peaceful place to stay. Really close to lots of attractions and also the coast. Nothing is too much trouble.

Suzanne, London

A wonderful, relaxing stay in such peaceful surroundings. So well looked after and in beautiful countryside. Thank you Tessa

Caroline, Oxford

Tessa & Jeremy do a fine job with this B&B. They offer friendly hospitality in a picturesque 1860’s farmhouse surrounded by sheep grazing on rolling hill pastures. Tiny Compton Valence is a good place to stay if visiting Minterne and Cerne Abbas or even the coast. We had booked just one night but decided to stay a second night. The first night we had a tasty dinner at a nearby pub that Tessa recommended. The second night we had dinner at Manor Farm. Tessa made salmon with a delicious sauce. -- wonderful! What a find. Manor Farm was a bucolic delight and we highly recommend it!

Gene, Ashland, oregon

Spent a magical 3 days at Manor Farm with out two small granddaughters. Tessa is a natural host. Nothing is too much trouble. The location overlooking hills and fields with sheep is gorgeous. Rooms were bright and clean with freshly ironed sheets. The homemade shortbread biscuits left in the room were delicious with our tea. Breakfasts were scrummy and the children appreciated the Frube yogurts as part of their breakfast. Bina and Toilly their young dogs are such a friendly pair - the children loved them. We had a really great time and can't wait to visit again soon. Thank you.

Suzanne, London

We would like to thank Tessa for her warm welcome. It was the perfect place for my husband, me and our baby. A beautiful surrounding, a lovely decorated house, nice rooms, a superb breakfast with fresh ingredients from the own garden and caring hosts, helping you to find the best spots around to spend our time on the beautiful Jurassic coast or having the most delicious dinner. (Beside supper of hers - jummy! ) We hope to come back some day, to enjoy Tessa's hospitality again! It was the best location we have been.


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The neighbourhood

This really is a quiet, special part of Dorset. You're away from the coast but have an easy drive to it, and immersed in sleepy villages, narrow lanes and stunning views. Walk from the house, or visit Compton Valence (especially in February when the road verges are heavy with snowdrops) for an interesting church. You're 20 minutes from Burton Bradstock and The Hive, 25 from Charmouth and half an hour from Lyme Regis for galleries and fossil hunting. Good pubs include The Three Horseshoes in Powerstock (20 minutes).


Tessa Russell

Tessa's family have been connected with this farm for 150 years and have owned it since the 1960s. Her husband Jeremy (ex-army) now farms here – mainly sheep and arable. Tessa joins in at lambing time and also lets out holiday cottages. They started doing B&B when the children grew up and they love having people in the house. Cooking is one of Tessa’s passions so you'll be well fed.