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Enchanting country house and family home, hidden secret in the heart of Dorset



Updated: 05-Oct-2016

Plush Manor is a special place to celebrate a romantic wedding, relax with friends and family, or explore the magnificent Dorset countryside.

The house is set within 9 acres of wild and landscaped gardens, features accommodation for up to 14 people, distinctive entertaining rooms and an indoor swimming pool, as well as a 19th century church (and event space) with breathtaking views over a timeless valley.

Located in the picturesque Dorset village of Plush, the house is just 20 mins from Dorchester and 30 mins from Sherborne and the Jurassic Coast.

Part of a musical heritage, Plush Manor and the church host the annual Plush Festival, now entering its 20th year, which features word-class musicians and is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

The House

Plush Manor was built in 1785, and is a Grade II listed building and much-loved family home. Set over two floors, the house combines classic English stylings with a quirky variety of artworks, objects and literature from around the world. Look out for the family of eccentric animal statues around the house, and a 12th century stone saint in the central hallway!

The ground floor has two entrances, ancient flagstone floors and large fireplaces in most rooms. The huge kitchen is the heart of the house with doors leading out to the patio garden (complete with dining area and BBQ) and into the open hallway, perfect for receiving visitors. Formal and informal living rooms abound and the enchanting swimming pool keeps visitors active. A central sweeping staircase leads upstairs to 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a study. Large windows with beautiful views over the valley and gardens feature in every room.

The Gardens

Plush Manor is set in 9 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds, combining the best elements of a landscaped, classic English garden with a colourful wildflower meadow. Roses, wisteria, honeysuckle and clematis climb the walls and apple trees dot the way to the church.

Sweeping lawns lead up the driveway and reach down the gardens to the folly – a charming dove house and pond surrounded by flowerbeds – which is licensed for civil wedding ceremonies. The manor also has a large front field which is generally home to a family of chickens and several sheep, but can be used for additional parking for events.

St. John the Baptist Church

St. John’s was built in the Victorian era (1848), and designed by the well known architect Benjamin Ferry in the classic Romanesque style, with an impressive hammerbeam roof. Facing a timeless valley of sweeping hills, with a sunset view framed by yew trees, it enjoys a picturesque and tranquil location.

The church has a main entrance and a back door, a cherry tree which bursts into bloom during the spring and a wild graveyard. The front lawn is immaculately tended and fringed with a hedgerow separating it from the surrounding fields. It is only a few minutes walk across the garden and even closer to the parking area.

Deconsecrated for 30 years, the church was restored and given new life to the community in the 1990s, and is now a concert hall and event space.

Wedding & Parties

The church is the ideal location for wedding receptions, celebrations and parties. This historic and atmospheric space can be tailored to host dinners and table layouts of all sizes, and for parties and dancing with a stage at the back for bands and DJs.

Long tables can seat around 100 guests, with round tables comfortably seating 60.


This beautiful building also makes an ideal film and tv location. Please contact us to discuss pricing & details.

Ceremony Options

The Drawing Room is an elegant space for a ceremony with up to 20 guests. French doors open onto the kitchen courtyard, and the windows look out over the garden.

The Folly is a beautiful 17th century dove house, with a small pond in front and romantic borders on either side – the long sweeping lawn towards the folly creates the perfect entrance for the bride.

The Church serves as a unique and spectacular setting for celebrations. Just a short walk across the gardens from the house, it is framed by yew trees and the sweeping hills of an untouched Dorset valley.

Converted into a flexible space that can host dinners, DJs, bands and dancing, it even has a pulpit you can use for wedding speeches! Outdoor fire pits, tents and bars can also be set up in front of the church for added festivities.

Plush Manor offers an idyllic retreat for friends and family to enjoy holidays, gatherings or special events. Enjoy the charm and tranquillity of the house, or use it as a base to explore the Dorset countryside.

Winter Weekends

Warm and inviting, Plush Manor makes a perfect retreat for a winter weekend. With large fireplaces, comfortable sofas and inspiring interiors, a huge kitchen to cook roasts, ancient hills for bracing walks and the perfect country pub – The Brace of Pheasants – for a drink on the way home. Come to Plush for family gatherings, winter sporting weekends or to get away from it all.

The house can be rented at select times during the winter and festive season, including Christmas and New Year – with accommodation for up to 14 people and ample space for dining and entertaining.


The house is self-catering, however if you would prefer to be catered for we can arrange delicious food or a visiting cook via one of our trusted local partners

We are proud of our environmentally friendly solar panels. If you prefer the indoor swimming pool heated up, there is an additional charge of £150

Would your pet like to join the fun? Please contact us to discuss

More Details
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Speaks English, French, German

1 Reviews

1 holidaymaker review


Stunning, peaceful, beautiful and very special.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week. A party of 12 to celebrate a 70th birthday. Ages varied from 13 - 75.

Every member of the group had an amazing time. The house was perfect. The drive through beautiful Dorset countryside gives you an idea of the treat that is in store. The house is situated in a stunning, peaceful part of rural Dorset, with great walks, a good pub and unspoilt views on the doorstep.

The house itself was perfect. Big enough that the group was not on top of one another, yet cozy and several great areas for everyone to get together. We all had breakfast together in the kitchen, and spent many an evening in the dining room sat around the large table playing games. No light pollution makes for great star gazing in the evening.

A large patio and BBQ sheltered/covered area was great to cook on and enjoy the evening sun.

The grounds are great to explore, croquet on the lawn, tennis court, the pool etc.. The kids loved to explore and hide whilst the parents found a sun trap to while away the afternoon.

The many bedrooms are comfortable, quiet and everything you could wish for is provided.

The owners offered great communications and we were met on arrival to talk us through things.

I really cannot recommend Plush Manor enough. The house contains so much art, interesting features, history and architecture that you can easily spend a day just wandering around looking at things. Sitting in the snug, with the fire and flicking through a book was a true pleasure. It felt like a privileged to be able to enter this world for a week. We spent the week saying things like 'this would be perfect for Christmas, or another family gathering'. We would definitely return and look forward to it.

I would recommend looking at the website for Plush as this gives more details and shows the House in its true majesty ( plushmanor.com ).

There are many things to do near by; Kimmeridge, Cerne Abbas, the coastal path, but it is difficult to drag yourself away from the house.

We loved it. Had a great week and cannot recommend the House enough. The other comments in the visitors book also reflected this view.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Set in the heart of Dorset, between Dorchester and Sherborne, Plush is a peaceful village in a beautiful, unspoilt valley with rolling hills on either side, wonderful walks and a charming local pub The Brace of Pheasants.

Plush is perfectly located to explore the best of Dorset’s beautiful scenery, Jurassic coastline, rich cultural life and excellent gastronomy. Walking trails around Plush are breathtaking, and include the famous Dorset Gap, which passes across ancient hilltop dykes, burial mounds and traces of an unfinished Iron Age hill fort. The surrounding valleys have numerous villages and landmarks to visit, including the famous chalk giant at Cerne Abbas.

Places to visit

Cerne Abbas – local store & giant (10 mins)

World Heritage Site Jurassic coast including Chesil Beach, Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door

Abbotsbury – Iron Age fort, swannery and subtropical gardens

Burton Bradstock – beach & Hive cafe

Fishing towns of Bridport or Lyme Regis for excellent restaurants, cafés, second hand bookshops

Dorchester (Hardy’s Casterbridge) includes a weekly market, organic food shops, Hardy’s cottage and monument (20 mins)

Sherborne – beautiful architecture and a famous abbey (30 mins)

The Exchange arts centre in Sturminster Newton (15 mins)

Bridport – seaside hub with the Arts Centre, film festival and buzzing pub life (40 mins)

Sherborne, Corfe and Lulworth Castles (don’t miss the jousting tournaments)

Winter sports & activities

Shooting – contact us for recommendations for local shoots

Clay pigeon shooting – Southern Counties Leisure

Horse riding


Quad biking

Racing – point to point at Weatherbys, or National Hunt racing at Wincanton


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
New Year
29 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

All rentals are a minimum of 3 nights. Please contact us to discuss details and for a bespoke quote.

Low Season Oct 16 – April 15 (excluding Christmas & New Year)
Peak Season April 16 – Oct 15 (Christmas & New Year on request)

Complete package: house, gardens, church & wedding
Low Season: £6000 3 nights, £9,500 / week
Peak Season: £6,500 3 nights, £10,000 / week

House + gardens (3 nights)
Low Season: £3000
Peak Season: £3,500

Church rental + parking arena only
Low Season: £2000
Peak Season: £2000

Wedding fee (for marquee)
Low Season: £1000
Peak Season: £1000

A non-refundable booking fee is requested on booking - 30% of the total amount due.
The remaining balance is payable 28 days before arrival.
If the booking is cancelled less than 28 days before the arrival date, the full balance will be due.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool


  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3
  • Bathroom 4


  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 7 - 2 Single Bed


  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

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