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  • Cheese 

  •  Meat

  • Fish     

  • Seafood

  • Festivals and Markets

  • Restaurants and cafes

Dorset has become well known as a 'foodie county'.  Marnhull is situated in the Blackmore Vale (referred to by Thomas Hardy as the 'Vale of Little Dairies' and is proud of its local cheeses, celebrated annually with a Cheese Festival at Sturminster Newton. You can find out more about this and the various entertainments that happen on the day on the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival site. Similarly Shaftesbury has a thriving food and drink festival with the famous (and slightly bonkers!) Cheese Race up Gold Hill.  Read about the Festival on the Shaftesbury Food and Drink Festival site.

There is also much local and enterprising meat and fish production, and chefs like Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Lesley Waters revel in the local produce. The Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival brings together champagne and seafood around Weymouth's picturesque harbour in July.  The Old Bank is close to many of these festivals which makes it a perfect centre for exploring local events taking place.

Dorset's coastland  produces crab, lobster and bass to name just a few.  The downs give us the most delicious lamb whilst the vales give us our dairy and beef cattle.  The expression 'chalk and cheese' originates from the variety of countryside that lie alongside each other. Dorset farmland has it all!


In the UK: 01258 821019 

International:  +44 1258 821019

Mobile:   07434 280963



Mrs Sarah Hood,

The Old Bank,

Burton Street, Marnhull, Dorset.  

DT10 1PH

         How to find us

  • As you approach Shaftesbury from the A350 (ex A303 or M3) from London and the East, you will see an Esso petrol station above a large roundabout just before you enter the town centre.

  • Take the A30 from the roundabout, marked 'East Stour / Yeovil' and proceed for four miles, arriving at the East Stour crossroads.

  • At this point, turn left taking the B3092 towards Marnhull / Sturminster Newton. After 3-4 miles, you will see village signs for Marnhull and shortly thereafter, a large church in front of you.

  • Turn right immediately in front of the church into 'Church Hill'. Follow the lane for half a mile, when it becomes Burton Street and you shortly come upon a parade of shops on the right hand side.

  • Our B & B is set back from the road, immediately after the last shop (Robin Hill Stores)

We regret we are unable to accept credit cards in payment.  We can take cash or cheques.


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Whilst Sat Nav can be helpful, it has been known to take guests via the more inaccessible routes to our house.  So sticking to the reliable route here is less stressful!

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