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The important stuff

  • Check in: 3 pm
  • Check out: 10 am
  • Please bring wellies, waterproof/Wind-proof clothing, long trousers
  • There will be the occasional walker (very few) as well as the owners of the livery horses in the field (but they will not bring their cars to the site).
  • Visitors may occasionally hear the distant boom of military activity near Lulworth (approx. 7 miles away)
  • There are a couple of small ponds about 50 metres away.
  • There are two or three road-lights about 1 mile in the distance.
  • There is some traffic noise (depending on wind direction) from a stretch road about half a mile away (mainly obscured by trees)
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • One double


Kitchen within the hut with:

  • Gas hob 
  • Belfast sink

Private Kadai fire bowl/barbecue outside

Cool box located in the adjacent wood shed (just a few paces away)


In the bathroom hut:

  • Power shower (gas)
  • Basin
  • Composting loo

Heating, lighting & bedding

Heating - Woodburner (logs provided)

Lighting - Solar/battery powered - 3 points in the hut, and one in the bathroom hut. Large candles also provided for external lanterns

Bedding - Bed made up with luxury Egyptian cotton sheets and goose-down duvets. Extra blankets also available

Hammock - An outdoor hammock to lounge in

Towels - Egyptian cotton towels provided

Plug sockets - USB charging port by the table


  • Guests are welcome to use the tennis court (by arrangement) rackets etc. provided
  • Large selection of traditional board games and playing cards
  • Playing cards, books by local authors, maps and guide books
  • Good signal for calls on most networks (3g/4g, ie. internet/data, signal is patchy)
  • Roberts radio with extra re-chargeable batteries


At Warmwell House

Guests can wander through the garden and woodland trails, try out the maze or play tennis (by arrangement). Sam and Serena can supply maps and directions of the paths on the estate.

Places to visit

Dorchester - 5 miles - historic county town with excellent museums

Dorset County Museum

The Tutankhamun Exhibition


Corfe Castle - 12 miles - amazing ruins and gorgeous village

Poundbury - on the edge of Dorchester - interesting development by H.R.H Prince of Wales. Good cafes and shops

Jurassic coast - 3 miles - Lulworth cove and Durdle Door

Monkey World - the chimpanzee rescue centre, based in Wareham

Brownsea Island Birdlife Sanctuary

Studland Beach

Weymouth - excellent beach/amusements

Abbotsbury - 12 miles - fantastic beach, tropical gardens and charming thatched village

Bridport - a little further West but good for foodies!

Outdoor & Active

Walking the South coast walk – stunning scenery

Ringstead beach – 3 miles away - 1.5 hour fairly strenuous walk

Puddledown Forest and Hardy’s Cottage - 3 miles away

Jurassic Water sports – offer rib-trips, coasteering, kayaking etc

Portland Sailing Academy – Venue for 2014 Olympics

Windsurfing and Kitesurfing at the site of the world sailing speed record course in Portland harbour

Jurassic safaris – visiting local coastal spots in off-road vehicles

Mountain bikes can be hired nearby, so you can explore the many miles of bridle paths and country lanes

Food & Drink

At Warmwell House:

A tea hamper with local Dorset Tea and fresh milk, Moore’s biscuits and local honey will be provided on arrival.

Pick your own – help yourself from the walled kitchen garden! 

A breakfast hamper of local bacon, sausage and eggs, bread, Dorset cereal and fresh tomatoes (if available) is available for £20 (owners need minimum of 24 hours notice). 

For special occasions a bottle of specially imported Premier Cru Champagne and savoury nibbles to accompany it can be provided upon request for £25 (please give at least 24 hours for this and pay in cash).

Chilled beer and white wine available on request, paid for in cash during your stay.

  • Six bottles of chilled beer for £10
  • A bottle of chilled white wine (Macon Villages) for £12

Local shops:

  • Broadmayne Post office is approximately 1.5 miles away.
  • Crossways Co-op is approximately 1.5 miles away.
  • Kate's Farm Shop, Owermoigne, 1.5 miles away. 

Pubs & Restaurants:

The Wise Man, West Stafford - 4 miles - Excellent, recently renovated gastro-pub in a lovely historic village.

The Sailors Return, East Chaldon - 3 miles - Lovely thatched pub with panoramic views and delicious food. A good end to a coastal walk from Ringstead Beach.

Moreton Tea Rooms - 3 miles - Great conversion of an Old School House.

The CrabHouse Café, Weymouth - 6 miles - Wonderful spot by Chesil beach serving delicious local oysters.

The New Inn, West Knighton - 2.5 miles - Closest pub within walking distance. Good Sunday carvery.

The Limestone Restaurant, West Lulworth - 8 miles - Fantastic fish restaurant

Meet your hosts

Meet Sam & Serena

Sam & Serena have lived at Warmwell House, with their four children, since 2014. After 20 years of long-haul travel and the rigours of international finance Sam was looking for a career change which would allow him to spend more time at home and simultaneously restore the old Manor house which has been in the family since the 1940s.

Warmwell House is very special place for Sam and Serena, and it's easy to see why. A lovely Jacobean Manor house in the centre of a conservation village, it sits proudly at the end of a sweeping drive and has far-reaching views across the hills towards the coast. Their aim is to make the house available as a venue for special events while, at the same time, keeping it as a much-loved family home.

Wildlife & Environment

Warmwell House sits in 1000 acres of mixed livestock farm with ancient woodland and some rare SSSI heathland with Exmoor ponies and Shetland cattle. Guests are likely to see deer, hares, pheasants and plenty of interesting birds. A Hawker lives in the village and can sometimes be seen training his birds in the fields.

Getting there

Warmwell House, Warmwell, Nr. Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8HQ

By train

The most convenient station coming from London, on the Weymouth line is usually Wool, 6.9 miles away, (taxis always available) but some trains also stop at Moreton (only 2 miles)

By bus

The nearest bus station is approximately 1.5 miles away. Numbers 101 &103 go to Dorchester. The X53 is the Jurassic coast bus from Swanage to Exeter.

By car

Please park in the drive of the Manor house. There is then a 3 minute, fairly steep, walk through the garden to your hut. On arrival, Sam & Serena will be happy to help carry luggage or in some cases take the luggage up to the site in their car.

For SATNAV: The postcode DT2 8HQ will take you to the saddlery – if using sat nav it's best to enter 'Warmwell House' rather than the postcode and that will take you right to the door!

Entering village from North East on the B3390 - Come through the village of Crossways, past Co-Op etc, and then past Warmwell Holiday Park on your right. Carry on for about 1.5 miles to Warmwell village. Pass a row of traditional houses on your left, past a red telephone box on your right and then follow the road round a sharp right-hand bend, up the hill, past a church on your left then immediately take the SECOND turning on the left (by a pretty lodge).  

Do not take the turning to the Old Rectory. Continue down the drive and fork right to the parking area in front of the Manor.

Entering village from Dorchester or Weymouth or Wareham directions -(A352/A353)- Take the exit marked Warmwell (B3390) from the roundabout. Go down the hill into the village and turn in to the first tarmac driveway on your right. You will see  a big white gate and a pretty lodge. 

Do not take the turning to the Old Rectory. Follow the drive down towards the Manor House and fork right to the parking area.

Booking Terms

Canopy & Stars low price promise
Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

By making a booking, you agree that:-

  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;


  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.


The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.


1. Booking and payments


1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).


1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email ( Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.


1.3 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.


1.4 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.


1.5 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.


2. Cancellation and Amendment by You


2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email ( and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.


2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  


2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.


2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.


2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 


2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.


2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.


2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.


Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.


3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.


4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.


5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.


6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;


(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;


(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.


7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.


8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.


9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.


10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.


11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.


12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.


13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.


14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.


15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 


16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.


17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.


18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.