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Orbis | Luxury Self-Catering Farmhouse | Milborne Wick, Sherborne


Milborne Wick, Sherborne, Dorset, UK

Classy, contemporary and bathed in natural light, this luxury self-catering farmhouse is located in the tiny hamlet of Milborne Wick near Sherborne. A perfect country retreat for gathering the whole family together, this farmhouse and adjoining magical gardens are available in conjunction with Papilio Creek, offering deep relaxation in Dorset come rain or shine.


Indulgent living comes naturally at Orbis, where luxurious furnishings and thick textiles swathe calming interiors in this most tranquil and private of settings. Escape from it all and read in the stone temple by the stream, warm up from a day’s exploration in the summer sun and spend nights curled up together watching films on giant projectors. Flower boxes line interior windowsills, glass stretches from floor to sky and touches of rusticity mix with modern style. As far as self-catering houses go, this luxury Dorset farmhouse is second to none.


A real family home, there is something for everyone at Orbis. While teenagers can hunker down to enjoy a movie in the snug, the grown-ups can kick back with a cup of tea in hand, French doors flung open to enjoy the vast countryside views. Come evening, dine in the oak-framed orangery and enjoy mood lighting as stars twinkle through the ceiling. To continue the conversation before bed, the sumptuous lounge is made even more cosy with the addition of a roaring woodburner.


Orbis' topiary-peppered lawns and mature borders offer peaceful seclusion, while the surrounding views of rolling hills and farmland in Dorset ensure there is always something to tease the eye. A delightful feature, a small mill stream with a footbridge meanders along the banks, adjacent to which is a pillared grotto with a timber walkway. Perfect for daytime relaxation and social evenings together, the deck with outdoor sofas allows you to sit and take in the heady scent of lavender as wine and conversation flow in equal measure.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 12 guests
    From £4,450 per week, £3,350 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Alternative group optionUp to 6 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThe main house features four first floor double bedrooms, one with super king-size bed and en suite bathroom with separate rainfall shower, one with king-size bed and en suite shower room with rainfall shower, one with a king-size bed, and one with a double bed accessed through the family shower room. The final first floor bedroom is a triple bunk bedroom, accessed via one of the double bedrooms, making it ideal for a young family. Also in the main house is a first floor family bathroom. There are two bedrooms in the adjoining Papilio Creek, a ground floor double bedroom with super king-size bed and a first floor zip-and-link bedroom (which can be made up as a super king-size double or a twin). Papilio Creek also features a first floor family bathroom with separate walk-in shower.
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  • FeaturesHot tub
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is ample parking at the property for several cars. The modern kitchen has an Aga, large fridge-freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. Please note, Papilio Creek will be closed when booking the sleeps-eight option and the owners may reside in this property, however guests will have exclusive use of the grounds. One basket of logs, coal and kindling to get you started, after which additional firewood can be purchased. If arriving by air, helicopters are welcome to land nearby with prior arrangement.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, iPad, Xbox One S and games, cinema projector, Sky TV, DVD player and DVDs, WiFi internet, charcoal barbecue, linen, towels, fluffy robes, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Private cateringDiscover your options for private dining and fully catered breaks.
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
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An idyllic spot for al fresco dining
This rural idyll is a true haven of peace and tranquility in Dorset
Spreading the family over two properties, Orbis is available with Papilio Creek

Prices & Availability

Please note, availability for this property is to be confirmed by Unique Homestays on receipt of your enquiry


South of Bruton and north of coastal Weymouth, the picture-postcard English market town of Sherborne treats guests to historic buildings and fine days out, with the backdrop of the scenic River Yeo.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Orbis is located in the little hamlet of Milborne Wick, Dorset.
  • By Car Approximately two and a half hours or 125 miles from London, just off the A303.
  • By Train Direct trains from London Paddington to Castle Cary, or from London Waterloo to Sherborne. The nearest station is Templecombe.
  • By Air Bristol international airport is a 50 minute drive away; Exeter 1 hour; London Heathrow 1 hour 45 minutes; Gatwick in two hours. Helicopters are welcome to land nearby with prior arrangement.

From the owner

“Nestled in this peaceful part of the Dorset countryside, away from the humdrum of city and work life, we invite you to cut free from your daily routine to relax and enjoy some time out.”

From the owner

Located in a small hamlet of period properties, Orbis was originally two farm cottages that housed the workers for the village mill, which we have lovingly restored and extended to form a surprisingly spacious family home. Set into the hill, the property looks across to the old hill fort, which is frequented daily by sheep - apart from the one day a year when it's the setting for the annual village cricket match!

The property is built from Sherborne stone with leaded oak-mullioned windows and an impressive oak-framed orangery that has been added in recent years. Being set into the hill, the house has numerous levels with the garden guest bedroom opening straight out onto the terraced lawn via French doors.

You’ll find a choice of outside dining spots – why not indulge in an early morning coffee in the herb garden surrounded by lavender, up above the orchard where you can look down over the hamlet or under the shade of the apple tree outside the kitchen?

In the summer, relax on the rooftop – it's a real suntrap! Or perhaps take a good book up to the hidden gazebo and read by candlelight. Orbis is a great place to explore the delights of the Dorset countryside.

The Dickson Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Sherborne with an insider’s perspective.

The Clockspire, Gainsborough

To Eat

The Clockspire, Gainsborough

A warm welcome awaits at The Clockspire, flaunting fine-dining headed up by an award-winning chef for a special occasion meal, or if you just wish to simply stop by for cocktails or champagne.

Pevlings Farm Riding Stables

To Do

Pevlings Farm Riding Stables

Established in 1985, Pevlings Farm Riding Stables welcomes riders of all ages and abilities to take part. At the heart of what they do, they provide a safe, friendly and informal stables where you can learn to properly ride and look after a horse.

The Newt in Somerset

To Do

The Newt in Somerset

The Newt in Somerset is a country estate with splendid woodland, farmland and gardens. Innovative design is paired with the freshest produce and beautiful country walks. You are warmly welcomed to eat, drink, relax and wander the stunning gardens here.

The Sherborne Castles, Sherborne

To See

The Sherborne Castles, Sherborne

The Sherborne Castles invite you to explore; one is a 12th century romantic ruin, the other an impressive 16th century Tudor mansion, and both are steeped in history and intrigue. With gardens to wander and secrets to uncover, the castles are well worth a visit.

Guest Testimonials

We had a lovely time, the house was beautiful and had everything we could have hoped for. Thanks again for your help, we will certainly use your website again!

Orbis was big enough for the whole family while still feeling homely. We had a fantastic stay and certainly hope to book another Unique Homestay in the future. Thank you to the owner for allowing us to create such special memories here.

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.


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