Where We Are

rectory-viewThe Rectory is located on a hill above St Andrew’s Church in Winterborne Houghton, a peaceful village in the Winterborne valley, surrounded by hills and woodland with plentiful walking and riding. From Bulbarrow Hill, north of the village, the views are incredible – on a clear day you can see five counties and the Isle of Wight Needles, 28 miles away.  See the map at the bottom of this page for the location of the village.

milton-abbeySights: Close by is the village of Milton Abbas and the stunning Milton Abbey, one the few churches to have survived the dissolution of the monasteries intact. The Abbey and 18th century house (now Milton Abbey School) sit in a landscape created by Capability Brown.

beachesBeaches: Winterborne Houghton is 15 miles due north of Lulworth Cove and within access of the many diverse and beautiful beaches on the Dorset coastline, where you will also find good beachside restaurants and pubs. Ask us for recommendations.

Thomas Hardy: We are in true Thomas Hardy country: The author and poet is known to have preached in nearby Turnworth and it is a short drive from Winterborne Houghton to Hardy’s birthplace, the Hardy Memorial and his Dorchester home, Max Gate. The village legend of the ‘Houghton Owls’ is believed to have inspired a passage in Hardy’s novel, Far From The Madding Crowd.

Schools: Milton Abbey, Bryanston, Hanford, Shaftesbury and Port Regis boarding schools are close by. Parents and families are welcome to book to stay in the rectory for school events, or while they/their children take part in holiday courses and camps –  to enquire about staying at the Rectory, click here