The Ollerod


A chic hotel in a pretty country town with excellent food, stylish bedrooms and hills all around for deep country walks - the coast is close


13 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


Beaminster – or Emminster in Thomas Hardy’s Tess – sits in a lush Dorset valley. From the hills above, you drop through glorious country, rolling down to this old market town, where the church tower soars towards heaven. As for this lovely hotel, it’s a 13th-century priest’s house and comes with original trimmings: stone flags, mullioned windows, old beams and huge inglenooks. It’s intimate, friendly and deeply comfortable, with something beautiful at every turn. There are rugs on parquet flooring, a beamed bar with an open fire, a splendid dining room with Georgian panelling and a Robert Adam’s fireplace. Beautiful lighting sets the mood for excellent food, perhaps Witchampton snails, an imperious steak and kidney pie, pear and rosemary tarte tatin. Rooms in the main house are bigger and smarter, those in the coach house are simpler and less expensive; all are pretty with chic fabrics, crisp linen, flat-screen TVs and stylish bathrooms. Breakfast is served in the conservatory, so watch the gardener potter about as you scoff your bacon and eggs. Chesil Beach at West Bay is close.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • 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

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay two nights at weekends.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Dog treats on arrival. Special menus on request, drying towels and best walks advice.

Dogs £15 per dog per night. Max. 2 per room.

Secure walled garden (with poop dustbin & bags); public bridleway walks along the river Brit Valley Way (occasionally horses in nearby fields)

Lunch from £8.50. Dinner, 3 courses, £25-£35.


Nightly price
from £99
Dinner, B&B £82.50-£145 p.p. (obligatory on Fridays & Saturdays from April to September). Extra beds: children under 17 £25; adults £35-£50.
3 Twin/doubles
From £99
2 Four-posters
From £170
6 Doubles
From £99
2 Family rooms for 4
From £99


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Chris Staines

  • Abbotsbury Swannery and Sub-Tropical Gardens. See baby swans hatch live in May.
  • Beaminster Festival - in June/July - music, art and celebrity.
  • Fossil hunting for ages at Charmouth Beach - part of the Jurassic coast just 15 minutes drive.
  • Bridport Literary Festival - book & author events, poetry, theatre, children's entertainment - every November
  • Mapperton House, Athelhampton House & Forde Abbey - a choice of 3 amazing country houses & gardens.
  • Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford; Royal Navy Air Museum Yeovilton & the Tank Museum, Bovington.