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Butterfly House | Luxury Self-Catering Home | Sherborne, Dorset

Butterfly House

Sherborne, Dorset, UK

Once a famous butterfly farm, this Grade-II listed manor house in Sherborne stands amidst eight acres of private grounds in the pretty hamlet of Over Compton in Dorset. Flaunting a newfangled cinema room, abundance of art-filled living spaces and an on-site 'members only' deli, Butterfly House offers luxury self-catering for those extra special celebrations and family occasions. The song goes 'happiness is a butterfly', after all.


Honeyed Jurassic Hamstone brings warmth and character to Butterfly House, occupying the grand west wing of a luxurious 16th century manor house in Sherborne, Dorset. Set within the grounds of a former butterfly farm which provided the silk for Princess Diana’s wedding dress, this elegant home is chock-full of historic charm and has been lovingly restored, fusing original period features with contemporary class. Flaunting a 250-foot private garden and mulberry-purple cinema room, there's lavishness inside and out.


Start long weekends buried beneath thick duvets, hands wrapped around a steaming mug and Sunday paper. Home to seven swoonsome bedrooms decorated with fine linens and chinking chandeliers from Florence, everyone in the party has their own sumptuous cocoon. Evenings are best enjoyed in the cinema den, hunkering down for private screenings of family favourites, whilst the drawing room has an original restored bookcase filled with fascinating reads. In winter months, feel the warmth of the roaring jet-master log fire as the competition heats up with an evening of board game marathons.


Summers here are made for country escapades. Family picnics of dainty sandwiches and cricket innings on the lawn make for afternoons of bliss. During the day, the clever landscaping of yew and beach hedges direct focus to the breathtaking horizons over Sherborne countryside. As the sun dips, strategic lighting illuminates the front façade, showcasing Butterfly House in all its majesty. Cocooned by eight acres of gated grounds and flaunting direct access to bridleways and the pastoral surroundings, Butterfly House provides the perfect walking, cycling and equestrian escape where you are free to explore the rural Dorset scenery by foot, bike or horse.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 14 guests (10 adults and 4 children)
    From £4,150 per week, £3,395 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere are three double bedrooms on the first floor, one with super king-size bed and en suite shower room, one with king-size bed and en suite shower room, and one with king-size bed and en suite bathroom with bath and separate shower. On the second floor are two further double bedrooms, one twin bedroom and one single bedroom, all of which share the second floor family bathroom with roll-top bath and separate shower.
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  • FeaturesState-of-the-art cinema room
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome on prior request
    Each pet is charged at £60 per stay
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome. There is one wooden cot, two travel cots and two highchairs.
  • PracticalitiesThere is off-road parking for six cars. The house has a washing machine and separate tumble dryer in the first floor utility, and a bespoke Poggenpohl kitchen. The gardener may visit during your stay but won’t cause any disturbance.
  • Homestay includesTV, DVD player, DVD collection, iPad, WiFi internet, Weber charcoal barbecue, library of books (both antique and contemporary), linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner, no fireworks are permitted due to livestock
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Dubbed one of the most beautiful towns in England, Sherborne in Dorset is brimming with rural charm and is the perfect place for a quintessential English country retreat.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Located in the hamlet of Over Compton near the town of Sherborne.
  • By Car The property is around a two and a half hour drive from London.
  • By Train The nearest station is Sherborne which is around three miles from the house. London to Sherborne is a journey of just over two hours from London Waterloo.
  • By Air Bristol Airport is around 40 miles from Butterfly House.

From the owner

“This lovely country house has added an extra dimension to our lives. We gather here as a family as often as we can and relish our visits to Dorset and the wonderful times we have at Butterfly House.”

From the owner

Having lived in central London for the last 25 years, my husband and I had been looking for a country retreat without success. We had started to give up when one day I came across an advert and just knew it would be perfect. I travelled to view Butterfly House the very next day. It was in a terrible state, but it just felt like it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

On a freezing day in February 2006 work began to turn a disused and unloved butterfly farm into a contemporary country house retreat. Everything had to be replaced, a new roof, oak sash windows, ceilings and cornices, fireplaces, electrics, plumbing, most of the floors. The work took 18 months with many ups and downs, but the results have been worth the wait.

From local craftsmen who have made much of the furniture, to purchasing the chandeliers in Florence, we carefully considered the finish and fittings, fabric and furnishing to create our perfect family home. We have fallen in love with the area and hope you enjoy the house as much as we do!

The Fletcher 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.

Gallery Gallivanting
To Do

Gallery Gallivanting

Burton is home to the pioneering Hauser and Wirth, creating an international stage for contemporary art in Somerset. Spend the day here ambling around the exhibition spaces, admiring the gallery rooms and delighting in the walled gardens of this idyllic setting.

Sherborne Castle 
To See

Sherborne Castle 

Built by Sir Walter Raleigh, Sherborne´s iconic castle reflects over 400 years of British history. Imprinted by each succeeding generation, its magnificent staterooms, Tudor kitchen, fossil archive and 42 acres of landscaped gardens make for a culture-rich family day out.

Dorset´s Jurassic Coastline 
To Do

Dorset´s Jurassic Coastline 

The world-renowned Jurassic Coast is a must-visit. Half an hours drive, the history-drenched coastline is England´s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site, ranked alongside the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as one of the natural world´s wonders.

At The Chapel, Bruton
To Eat

At The Chapel, Bruton

Experience a relaxed Mediterranean approach to British food at this Grade-II listed former chapel. The owners recommend the pizzas and delicious Sunday roasts too! If that doesn´t sell it, Michelin has consistently awarded the restaurant a BIB Gourmand since 2010.

Guest Testimonials

We were all extremely happy with our stay at Butterfly House, the property is divine and in such a beautiful spot! The goodies in the fridge were delicious too! Such a lovely touch. We were all so relaxed so thank you again for sharing your wonderful home with us.

We had a fabulous time at the Butterfly House, it was an ideal setting for our family reunion and catered perfectly for all family members (who ranged from 8 month old twins to 90 year old great grandparents). The house is beautiful - imposing and handsome from the outside but welcoming, modern and homely on the inside. It has been renovated to a very high standard and is fitted with high-end furniture, appliances and thoughtful little extras, it was like staying in a luxury boutique hotel all of our own.

Well, we´ve all had an absolutely fantastic time here in the Butterfly House. Never has a building been full of such wonder, charm and exploration. From the scent of the flowers as soon as we entered, our senses have been taken on a beautiful ride. Walks in the country nearby, roaring hot fires, beautiful dimly-lit dinners and a magnum of champagne to toast the wonderful week that was, all because of you! Thank you very much for sharing this treasure.

 ´What a fabulous place to host a (belated) 50th birthday celebration. We certainly had enough space and the setting is idyllic...quintessentially english which we added to by playing rounders and cricket on your "village green". Despite the now aching muscles we had a beautiful time in an extraordinary home. Returning to our somewhat more compact residences will be a shock!  Thank you

Butterfly House is simply breathtaking! The size of the rooms, the decor, the facilities and the location are absolutely sensational. We all left determined to return at a later date! Such a perfect stay; I´m still smiling a week on from our return. Thank you!

Fabulous property - perfect for a large family get together, despite the rain, we had a wonderful time. It was great to have access to the books and games too and the cinema room went down a treat with the children too. The deli was fantastic and the local pubs and Sherborne itself were lovely.

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