A collaboration with Farrow & Ball

Having been a long time fan of the Dorset based company Farrow & Ball we were absolutely delighted to be asked for the Manor House to be used as a location for  photoshoot to showcase a few of the new colours which have been released this year.



This is something we have hoped for for a long time, The Manor is the perfect house to show off colour due to the large airy rooms and plenty of natural light.

The team have been a pleasure to work with and we are absolutely delighted with the colours used through the house.

The photographs will be published in January 2019 so we will be able to share more details then.

We hope that all our guests visiting the house enjoy the colours as much as we do!

October and early November were busy, Halloween parties for both the children & the adults and we also enjoyed a really fun Bonfire Night in Tolpuddle with friends.




Now we have recovered from all that excitement we are really looking forward to the next few months at The Manor House. We have lots of interesting things lined up including meditation retreats, yoga & wellness retreats and some pop up supper clubs planned for 2019. If you would like details on any of these events please get in touch via email.

Christmas is such fun time of year and I feel that now bonfire night is over I am allowed to throw myself in to planning the decoration at The Manor, I decorate the house with my Mum every year and we absolutely love doing it together, christmas music on, mince pies in the AGA, it’s the best! The rest of the family are usually roped in too, collecting foliage from the garden and painting fir cones – we are a pretty Christmassy family so it’s something we look forward to every year.

I will share more details of our Christmas preparations as they happen.


Winter scene in Moreton

Autumn in Dorset

SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run….

Ah Keats, you nailed it there. Autumn in the countryside is just perfect, my most favorite season.

As beautiful as summer is there is something about September and the start of Autumn that feels much more like a new year than “New Year”. There is a clear change to the season, new diaries, kids back at school and the all exciting feeling that Christmas is just around the corner.

We have a new year plan to discover more of Dorset and the Purbeck’s on foot. We love walking and having Plum gives us an added excuse to get out there and see more of our beautiful county.

Last week we decided to explore Mupe Bay – to the west of Lulworth Cove, with no real plan we just headed down to the beach to see what happened. We nipped in to the tourist information center (which is fab by the way, with a really cute little coffee kiosk and geological info) to pick up a map and discovered that access to Mupe Bay is across the Army ranges which are only open weekends and school holidays. Plans scuppered for another day we had a look at the other maps offering 6 routes around Lulworth. We chose route 1 which starts at Lulworth Castle and takes you on a 5k loop around the estate.

The walk starts at the front of the majestic Lulworth castle (parking ¬£3 per day in car park). You then head through the deer park full of amazing trees, a little further on past the gate house and a farm, across a field or two and you arrive at the Lake. Who knew there was a lake on the Lulworth estate? Not us, what a find. It’s so pretty, there are swans drifting by and an amazing Fort built on one side. You can walk around it and the route then takes you back across parkland to the castle.

I am so pleased we found this walk, one to do with all the family one weekend, rounding off with a drink in front of the fire at the Weld Arms on the way home.

I’ll share more discoveries as we find them.

T x