Orchardleigh Bed & Breakfast

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Orchardleigh B&B is on the edge of the charming, rural hamlet of Stowell on the North Dorset/Somerset border. Stowell is surrounded by rolling hills and open fields and provides a large range of public and bridle paths, fantastic hills, spectacular views and a variety of walks from the door step! The King's Arms and The Queens Head at Corton Denham are situated in the immediate vicinity of the village of Charlton, with its 17th century church and excellent village shops.

What are the rooms and facilities on offer at Orchardleigh Bed & Breakfast?

There are three double suites. Orchardleigh. One bedroom has its own en-suite shower room while the other two bedrooms share a bathroom and are therefore these can only be booked by guests who are happy to share a bathroom. There is also a large attic room with two twin beds and a day bed. Every bedroom has stylish décor with fresh flowers from the garden throughout the summer – you will get a home away from home feel and sense of relaxation as soon as you walk through the door. The beds, which are extremely comfortable, all have crisp white Egyptian cotton sheets and plump feather duvets and pillows

What can guests enjoy when staying in the Sherborne area?

Stowell is surrounded by rolling hills and open farmland and offers wonderful walking country with a wide choice of public and bridle paths, fabulous rolling hills, breathtaking views and a choice of walks from the front door. North Dorset has so much to offer, whether it is a riding or walking holiday, visiting one of Dorset's many National Trust Gardens or day trips to the historical and beautiful market town of Sherborne with its Castle and beautiful Abbey. The breathtaking World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast and home to Thomas Hardy is a scenic hours' drive away. There is something for everyone and so much to explore.

Where can guests enjoy food and drink?

From Orchardleigh you are truly spoilt for local pubs and restaurants offering good, gourmet food with their open log fires and delicious food, a great selection is within a 5-mile radius with the closest being a short 20-minute walk away.


I found this boutique style B&B online whilst searching for somewhere to break a journey from Devon to Wiltshire. Having spoken to the owner Kerry, and looking at the website, I was confident I'd found a good option and made a reservation. The house is in a very rural part of the country, flanked by dairy farms and utterly charming. Kerry is very welcoming, chatty and upon entering Orchardleigh you feel immediately at home. You are surrounded with calming decor that highlights Kerry's eye for design and detail and her passion for hosting guests. Our room was cosy and homely, without being cramped and with a spacious separate bathroom a step away from the door. Kerrry and her daughter Milly were so welcoming and even gave us a lift to the footpath to the local pub/restaurant The King's Arms (highly recommended) and picked us up after dinner so we wouldn't have to walk back in the dark. What a service! Breakfast was excellent, fresh coffee, juice, continental style and/or full cooked option - and obviously local high quality produce. I hope to stay at Orchardleigh again, this will be my go-to half way stop for future journeys and I cannot recommend highly enough Kerry and her daughter's faultless hospitality. Many thanks again for a great stay!


We arrived at just after 10pm on the Friday of the August Bank Holiday Weekend. Greeted as we pulled up by Kerry and Tatty ( the cutest little poodle ever!) offered a glass of wine was instantly made to feel very at home. From the outset this was to be the new benchmark for B&B experiences- the house newly renovated oozing charm and considered decor. Our bed was super comfy, freshly pressed luxury sheets, coupled with fresh country air set in a peaceful environment meant that a relaxing weekend had been achieved by the Saturday morning. Breakfast was comprehensive, really tasty and Kerry was very accommodating of our dietary requirements very socially experienced - lovely people very honoured to be part of their authentic family life. We will return. Do not consider this to be a B&B it is more a home away from home. The best B&B we have ever stayed in. Thank you Kerry for being an amazing host.


My partner and I were looking for somewhere to stay for the bank holiday weekend as we were travelling down from Sussex for a wedding. We found Orchardleigh on Air B&B and were initial wowed by the photos, description and reviews. Needless to say we were not disappointed. Orchardleigh is an absolutely beautiful property, in a wonderful rural location. The house itself oozes style, space ad comfort. Kerry and her family were wonderful, they were incredibly welcoming and made us feel at home within minutes. We were spoilt for choice at breakfast time and the food was delicious. I couldn't recommend this B&B anymore, it ticks all of the boxes.


We had a amazing stay in this wonderful home. Kerry our host, was great, and makes you feel instantly welcome. The house is packed with style a character and you can see in every room how much thought Kerry has put in to decorating with a real flair for interiors. It has a very English feel with a French influence. But still feels like a real home from home. It's the best place to stay and relax with stunning countryside all around. The villages and nearby town of Sherborne have fantastic places to eat, shop and visit. We highly recommend staying here and can't wait to come back soon.

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Child friendly


Free broadband access (wifi)

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Extra info

Open Times: Closed over Christmas
Room prices from: £45.00
Room prices to: £50.00
Number of rooms: 4

Arrival information & directions

Address: Stowell, Sherborne, Dorset, SherborneDT9 4PD, United Kingdom

On entering village from A357 Wincanton/Blandford. Turn right immediately after White Horse Pub signposted Stowell. Follow single track road for approx. 2 miles. At T-junction, turn right. Go down hill passing Stowell Church on left continue until you reach a sharp bend to left and take the first lane on right (by sign Caution, Mud on Road). Orchardleigh is the 3rd house on right.


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