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Above: Hambledon Hill


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  • National Trust & English Heritage Properties

  • Historic Monuments and Towns

  • Jurassic Coast and Sandy Beaches

  • Charming Shops and places to eat

  • Beautiful cycling and walking​ areas

  • Festivals and Events

  • Thomas Hardy connections

  • Galleries and Museums

Our bed and breakfast in Dorset is close to many National Trust, English Heritage and other historic properties in the area, from the houses and gardens of Stourhead, Kingston Lacy and Montecute to the beaches and wildlife reserves of Studland, Brownsea Island and the Golden Cap Estate.


Other heritage and historical attractions include Salisbury Cathedral and the famous monument of Stonehenge to the east and Sherborne Abbey and Castle to the west.  Further south the  Jurassic coast of Dorset is a designated world heritage site and abounds with fossils and the skeletal remains of dinosaurs.  Other areas of the coast offer sandy and safe beaches for relaxation.  Travelling north visit the beautiful Georgian town of Bath with it's famous Pump Room and Roman Baths. Nearby, Shaftesbury and Sherborne with their quirky streets, tempting gift and coffee shops are only a few miles away.


Cyclists and walkers enjoy holidays in Dorset, touring our ‘forgotten county’ – there is always something interesting to do and somewhere interesting to see whatever appeals to you.


Many visitors come to enjoy the various spectacular festivals that take place nearby.  Apart from the many food festivals, (see Places to Eat page) there are such events as The Great Dorset Steam Fair,  "widely recognised as “THE” National Heritage Show as well as being regarded as the leading show of its type in the World.".  The Chalk Valley History Festival is another week long event that has gained popularity, with many well known historians and speakers coming to take part in discussions.


We try to give our guests a holiday in which they can relax and discover the delights of Dorset life.  Thomas Hardy called the village of Marnhull ‘Marlott’ and it is the village where ‘Tess’ of Tess of the d’Urbervilles grew up.  There are many landmarks in the village that Hardy enthusiasts will recognise and enjoy as well as the views across the Blackmore Vale - ‘the Vale of the Little Dairies’.


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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