The Ollerod

Dating from 14th Century The Ollerod is a magical Dorset country house full of character – the product of generations of history passing through its doors. Originally a clergy house, it now has its own unique style. ‘Ollerod’ is the old Dorset dialect, from the times of Thomas Hardy, for the Cowslip.


Situated in the picturesque town of Beaminster, which borders 3 counties, The Ollerod is the perfect place to explore an incredibly beautiful, and untouched, part of England.

Surrounded by rolling hills and just 6 miles from the Jurassic coast.



Dorset is an amazing hub of creativity and we are extremely fortunate to be surrounded by a wealth of exceptional local artists. Our walls and spaces are filled with artworks, including paintings, glass, textiles, wood and sculptures, from a handful of these fabulous artists.


This aptitude for creativity is not limited to artists; there are also some incredible local producers in the area, including Black Cow Vodka who make vodka from milk 3 miles away from us (utterly divine!), Dorset Wasabi who are growing wasabi in Dorchester and Dorset Snails… need we say more!

About Us

Chris and Silvana got the keys for The Ollerod in March 2018; they both have a wealth of experience in hospitality and decided it was time to follow their dream and buy their own place. They walked into what was The Bridge House Hotel in Beaminster and fell in love with the building and the area. They have been putting their own stamp on it (including a name change) without altering the intrinsic beauty and character of the building. It is an on going process, with all of the public areas refurbished and the bedrooms in progress.

Chris grew up in Suffolk and started working in kitchens when he was 16. He went to London where he held a Michelin star for 9 years at The Mandarin Oriental.   Silvana is South African born to an Italian Father and Scottish Mother. She has been involved in hospitality from the age of 18 and moved to the UK in 2007, and was most recently the deputy GM at THE PIG near Bath.