The Old Rectory

Dorchester, Dorset
Bed & Breakfast


A relaxed home full of art and antiques in sleepy Chilfrome. Inviting bedroom and your own cosy sitting room. Friendly foodie host too

Bedroom

2 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 3

The
Experience

Hills and meadows surround this lovely old rectory on the river Frome. It’s a friendly home, and Nessie is a foodie too – you arrive to a home-baked something with tea, and breakfast comes with homemade bread, granola and jams.

Your tranquil suite on the first floor is independent from the happy hub of family life and a perfect hideaway for two. Relax in the peace of your cosy sitting room drinking in the hillside views. Wander through sweeping lawns, grand trees, crumbling walls and a productive veg garden. Bring your racquet if you fancy a spot of tennis.

You can hike through water meadows or bike straight from the door in glorious countryside and it’s a 20-minute stroll to a good pub (the Fox and Hounds) in Cattistock.

Cosy lounge at The Old Rectory in Dorset

We think you'll love

  • Chilfrome’s tranquil setting
  • Friendly and generous Nessie
  • A private suite in a grand and historic home
Dining room set for breakfast

Home truths

  • Nilla and Willow the dogs and Tibby the cat may wander into your room if you leave the door open
  • It's a family home with lots of potential noise from the dogs and children

Essentials

  • 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

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
3pm-9pm
Check out
11am
Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Meals
Dinner, 2 courses, £25. Pubs/restaurants 0.5 miles.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £100
Surcharges
Singles £100. Extra bed/sofabed available £30-£40 per person per night.
1 Suite for 3
From £100

Reviews

We were welcomed by 2 happy dogs and the warmest smile imaginable. Nessie is a natural hostess; the whole family seemed to genuinely enjoy our presence. You can stay in a wonderful place but if you don't feel welcomed, the experience is marred. Here, the atmosphere and the place were superb. Peaceful, wonderfully comfortable beds, private (a separate wing of the house). Delicious breakfasts. We'll explore more next time; we know the area is beautiful. Nothing was too much trouble. We had a medical crisis and Nessie could not have been kinder. I was very touched by her friendship

Joanna, London

Although the weather was rather autumnal for the last weekend of July, I really enjoyed my stay at the Old Rectory. Having your own little wing of the house gives a lovely feeling of privacy, especially when spending a rainy afternoon in bed reading a good book ... or in my case sleeping :-) Vanessa was away on holiday but housekeeper June and her husband David were an excellent substitute, providing delicious breakfasts and force feeding me ice cream, cake and rather suspicious looking and tasting Danish candy. When you visit, do have dinner at the Acorn Inn at Evershot, it's worth the drive!

Ralph, Amersfoort

We had the warmest welcome and made to feel at home straight away. Nessie and David could not have been more accommodating and making their home feel like our home. Jemima kept us topped up with her gorgeous homemade biscuits and William made my son feel very welcome. Beautiful tranquil surroundings and gardens to relax in. Nothing was too much trouble for Nessie and breakfasts were amazing. Unfortunately we couldn't take the dogs back with us, so we will have to return for another adventure.

Karen, Royal tunbridge wells

What a lovely place to stay with the most amazing hosts! Wish we could have stayed longer! We felt very privileged in our 'wing' with supplies for tea, coffee and biscuits of course! The bathroom was amazing, with a huge bath and very fancy shower too, incredibly comfy bed and cute little TV room to enjoy our tea and biscuits in. Our hosts were so friendly and we really felt like family in their home, little touches such as tea and scones on arrival, breakfast made especially with dietary requests and of course visits from the pets and visits to the newly born little of puppies wasn't bad!

Natasha, Zug

Needs to stay in the area for a friends party and found this lovely family home. A beautiful house set in lovely grounds. 'So country'..... dogs, walks, home cooked food, breakfast really was lovely. I was expecting a bedroom but it's a suite! It's totally self contained within the house with bathroom and sitting room. Such a homely place and Nessie looked after us so well. Thank you and we hope to come back now we know you're there! Perhaps in the summer when we can use the tennis court and swim in the river which sounded lovely.... in summer perhaps!!

Sara, London

We had a fabulous few days, en famille, at The Old Rectory. Such a beautiful house, idyllic setting and a wonderful welcome. Nessie and her family went over and above on everything for us. All her meals were homemade and delicious. Our 4 year old daughter struggled to understand the concept of a B&B and thought she could wonder into any room - every time she did thisNessie welcomed her with a warm smile and a slice of cake!! We highly recommend The Old Rectory and we will definitely be returning for another recce of Dorset!

Scarlett, London

Our girls night away started with the warmest of welcomes, a steaming pot of tea and warm scones! What a wonderful place and such warm and welcoming hosts. Nothing was too much trouble for Nessie. The suite was beautiful, comfortable and lots of lovely touches. I could have moved into the bathroom with it's fantastic shower and roll top bath. Nessie opened up her living room to us that evening..........huge feather filled sofas and a roaring fire. This was the perfect get away and I will be returning soon with my family!

Kelly, Devon

The perfect place for 2 escaping mums to meet, walk, relax and unwind. Nessie was incredibly attentive with our booking and during our stay in her beautiful home. The countryside is unspeakably beautiful and very convenient for the glorious Jurrasic coast. A short walk to the neighbouring village pub for a well earned pint and evening meal. Now back to reality......

Gemma, Bristol

Spent 2 nights in Nessie and David Owen's Old Rectory : charming house, beautifully decorated bedroom, well-appointed bathroom and delightful hosts. We give it 100% recommendation.

Keith

What a wonderful stay! The warm welcome began long before our arrival at The Old Rectory with Nessie kindly providing us with local information, suggestions and even making bookings for us. We couldn't have been made to feel more at home and thoroughly enjoyed our weekend. This is a new venture for Nessie and David, but it is clear that they are very well suited to the luxury B&B world. Beyond their hospitality, the location is beautiful and tranquil, with some breathtaking views as you drive through the back roads. We ate so well, from Nessie's breakfasts to the variety of fine local eateries

Chris, Datchet

Hosts were very welcoming. Very comfortable suite of rooms. It was very nice to have our own sitting room . Wonderful easy to use shower. After a very good breakfast we enjoyed a walk down to the river. I would certainly recommend this B&B

Ann, Hertfordshire

Wonderful place - very beautiful house, garden and surrounding countryside. Delightful hosts - warm, welcoming and helpful. Totally charming - 100% recommendation

Deborah, Hertford

We contacted The Rectory at very short notice and were so fortunate that they were able to accommodate us. Nessie was welcoming from initial contact and thoughtful throughout. The house and surrounding area is beautiful and tranquil. The suite is lovely and comfortable with a great shower. Nessie gave us some great recommendations and we had a lovely relaxing stay with our family. We really enjoyed dinner in their local pub.

Rebecca, London

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Location

The neighbourhood

The Old Rectory is set in Chilfrome – a very peaceful and old-fashioned village – which is surrounded by water meadows and the winding river Frome. Kingcombe Meadows, part of the Dorset Wildlife Trusts reserve is a mile away. Excellent dining pubs, including the Fox and Hounds at Cattistock, are walkable from the rectory and Bridport is a short drive away with good shops and a renowned Saturday market selling foods and vintage finds. Dorchester with Thomas Hardy connections is nine miles.

Local points of interest from Nessie Owen

  • There's a beautiful 12th century church next door with an ancient Cedar tree in the church yard which is reported to be healing - it certainly gives you an air of calm and tranquility! The garden and grounds offer many peaceful spots to hide away.
  • We are 15 minutes from Bridport, West Bay and Burton Bradstock which have glorious walks along the Jurassic Coast. Why not walk from Charmouth to Seatown and have lunch at The Anchor Pub, taking in Golden Cap! On a good day it can't get more special
  • There are lots of gourmet pubs and restaurants nearby including Hix in Lyme Regis (40 mins), Summer Lodge (10 mins), The Seaside Boarding House (20 mins), Fox and Hounds in Cattistock (2 mins), The Crab Shack in Weymouth (25min) to name a very few!
  • Glorious walks and Bike Rides straight from the house, including The Frome Trail along the River Frome, a walk up the Ilchester Estate valley and masses of bicycle rides. You don't need to get into a car to find a glorious walk, if you don't want to!
  • Dorchester is only 20 minutes away for Thomas Hardy fans and Lulworth Cove, Corfe Castle are within an hours drive. There is a river near the house for fun swimming (an idyllic spot for picnics!}
  • A new level cycle path has opened nearby to Bridport along the old Uploaders railway line. Electric bikes for hire if you want to take it easy! This is a great family bike ride in stunning countryside all the way to the Jurassic Coast

Introducing

Nessie Owen

Nessie and David are passionate about the history of The Old Rectory and restoring it in keeping with the period it was built. They love helping people plan their days out and can recommend trips across the glorious Dorset countryside. They have made the Old Rectory a calming and restful place to stay.