Old Orchard Melbury Osmond

Located in Sherborne, Dorset

Perfect for exploring beautiful Dorset, this wonderful house nestles on the edge of the conservation village of Melbury Osmond.

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Pet Friendly: 2


Deep in the heart of Hardy Country, this charming detached property is an ideal spot for guests who are looking to explore the local area which is abundant with pretty villages and towns, the Jurassic Coast, plenty of beaches and sheltered coves which are all within a short drive. With easy access to the A37, there are also a wealth of other attractions to suit all tastes. Locally there are walks including through Melbury Park to the neighbouring village of Evershot with pub and shop. There are many Thomas Hardy locations (his mother was born and married in the village), Sherborne with its abbey and two castles, Montacute House, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Motor Museum, the Cerne Giant and on the coast Abbotsbury, West Bay and Bridport, Weymouth and Lyme Regis. For more energetic activities, sailing is available on the nearby reservoir and golf enthusiasts can try out one of the nearby golf clubs in Yeovil or Sherborne. Visitors can use the tennis and boules court in the village.

On entering this fantastic house, a welcoming entrance hall leads into the bright and inviting triple-aspect lounge. With open fire, TV/DVD and French doors opening onto the garden, this is a beautiful room to relax in. From the lounge, double doors lead into the elegant dining room, which offers a charming view over the garden and is perfect for sitting down for a special meal. Heading into the kitchen/diner, the kitchen area is equipped with an electric oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, TV and a kitchen table ideal for breakfast or supper. The kitchen leads to the useful utility room which has a washing machine, sink, a stable door leading to the garden and a door leading to the garage where you will find the freezer. Exploring further on the ground floor, you will find a delightful snug, which is furnished with a desk, seating, a TV/DVD and a selection of books. The garage houses a games room with a table tennis table and there is a separate WC on the ground floor too. Moving upstairs you will find four spacious bedrooms. There are two double rooms, one with an en-suite shower room. Also, there is a twin room and a single room which has an additional pull-out guest bed. Completing the first floor is a bathroom with a bath and shower attachment, a separate shower cubicle and a WC.

Stepping outside, you will find a large, fully enclosed garden, mainly laid to lawn, with a covered decked patio area, garden furniture and BBQ which is ideal for enjoying an evening drink or dining al fresco. Ample off-road parking is available in the driveway.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.


  • Spacious detached holiday home with games room and large enclosed garden
  • Ideal for enjoying pleasant countryside walks and a great retreat for all the family to enjoy
  • A fabulous property in a lovely village location and just a short drive from the Jurassic Coast
  • 4 bedrooms on the first floor 1 double with en suite shower room, 1 double, 1 twin and 1 single (with additional pull out guest bed stored underneath)
  • Sleeps 7 1
  • 1 en suite shower room with WC; 1 bathroom with bath and shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and WC; 1 separate WC on the ground floor
  • Kitchen electric oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge and TV
  • Utility room with washing machine
  • Garage with freezer
  • Open fire first basket of logs included
  • Separate dining room
  • TV/DVD in the lounge; TV/DVD in snug; TV in kitchen/diner
  • Selection of books and games available
  • Games room, with table tennis, situated in the garage
  • Electric and central heating included
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 2 dogs welcome (must be kept downstairs, stairgate provided)
  • Fully enclosed garden with covered decked patio area with garden furniture and BBQ
  • Ample off road parking
  • Visitors can use the tennis and boules court in the village
  • Sailing (reservoir) and golf are also available nearby
  • Beaches 18 miles, pub 5 minute walk, shops 3 miles


Family friendly
Games Room
High Chair
Linen and Towels
Near a Pub
Off road parking
Pet Friendly
Real Fire
Washing machine



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Area Details


Sherborne is a pretty, historic market town in Dorset. It is on the edge of the Blackmore Vale which commands the most spectacular views. Full of ancient and beautiful buildings, Sherbourne Abbey, and two Castles, there is always something to see. The town itself has a great selection of independent and unique shops. There is a good choice of friendly cafes and restaurants in the town. Sherbourne hosts "Pack Monday" every Monday in October. This closes off four of Sherborne's streets and fills them with food stalls and local traders while on the edge of town is a funfair.

Sir Walter Raleigh built Sherborne Castle and Gardens, a stunning castle in stunning surroundings. There are 42 acres of gardens and a 50 acre lake, the gardens themselves are now Grade I listed. The Castle holds a variety of events throughout the year including firework extravaganza, country fairs, classic car rallies, and even wine fairs. Sherborne Abbey is today one of England's most beautiful parish churches. Visitors come for many reasons, some the music, some the bells with the heaviest peal of eight bells in the world. Most visit for the amazing architecture including the amazing fan-vaulted ceiling. Sherborne has another castle, this time lying in ruin, but with fascinating history and great views over the surrounding villages.

Visit the 15th Century Almshouse or go fossil hunting in the Jurassic cliff faces of Quarr Nature Reserve. The Fleet Air Museum and Haynes Motor Museum are a short drive away. Minterne Gardens is stunning, explore these beautiful, tranquil settings and relax with refreshments in the cafe.

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