The Old Malthouse at Marnhull

The Old Malthouse is a charming, rambling, pretty pink country house, dating back to the early 17th Century.

The village of Marnhull is set in the heart of the Blackmore Vale in Dorset, beautiful countryside, and excellent for walking and cycling, or just relaxing. The coast is only a short drive away, as are the ancient and historic towns of Shaftsbury, Sherborne, Bath, and Salisbury.

Nearby is The Crown Inn, made famous by Thomas Hardy, and featured in one of his most famous novels, Tess of The D'Urbervilles.
Tess's thatched cottage can be seen from our bedrooms.

The garden is very charming (a little like Alice in Wonderland) with an avenue of yew trees, and two further topiary yews shaped as chess pieces.
There is also a courtyard garden, and both are excellent for alfresco dining.


In the morning, wake up to a Dorset breakfast, made from locally sourced ingredients when ever possible.
Continental breakfast is of course available if you prefer.

Afternoon tea and cakes can be arranged for £7.50 per person.
You can also dine in the evening for £20.00 per person. (You are welcome to bring your own wine.)
There is a comfortable sitting room for you to relax in at any time.

Special breaks

Painting holidays, without tuition, are a speciality, with cycling breaks also being popular in this beautiful countryside.
All inclusive full board rates are available for 2 or 5 day stays, both for single or shared occupancy.

See the Activity Breaks page for details.