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

Butterfly House in Dorset


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 to construct Princess Diana’s wedding dress, this elegant home is chock-full of historic charm and has been lovingly restored to mingle original period features with contemporary class. Flaunting a 250-foot private garden, art-filled living spaces and mulberry-purple cinema room, this luxury self-catering country home makes for an extra special gathering.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Seven swoonsome bedrooms include exquisite chandeliers, touches of Italian grandeur, and the finest of linens. The first floor flaunts three en suite bedrooms, two with super-king sized beds and one double. Four bedrooms and a large family bathroom provide the perfect family space on the second floor, with a pastel pink twin room, children’s single (with truckle bed if required) and two double bedrooms. The limestone and marble bathrooms are the epitome of luxury; featuring oversized shower enclosures, ornate mirrors, and double-ended roll top bath.


In daylight, the clever landscaping of yew and beach hedges direct focus to the breath-taking 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 private, gated grounds and boasting direct bridleway access, Butterfly House provides the perfect equestrian escape where you can canter through the Dorset countryside in the company of your own horse.

For Relaxation

Summers here are made for country escapades. Family picnics of dainty sandwiches and cricket innings on the lawn makes for afternoons of summer highlights. Evenings are best enjoyed in the cinema den, hunkering down for private screenings of family favourites, whilst the drawing room boasts an original restored bookcase filled with a library of fascinating reads. In winter months, gather the family and feel the warmth of the roaring jet-master log fire, with an evening of board game marathons. Family gatherings have never been so cosy.


Butterfly House provides a washing machine and separate tumble dryer in the first floor utility, and the bespoke Poggenpohl kitchen is the pinnacle of luxury. Off-road parking for six cars is available. The gardener may visit the property during your stay but won’t cause any disturbance. Fireworks are not permitted. 


  • SleepsUp to 14 guests (10 adults and 4 children)
  • Your Home Stay Includes Linen and towels Logs for the fire Digital Property GuideDiscover what else you can look forward to...
  • BedroomsDoubles: The first floor has three double bedrooms, two of which boast super king-size beds.The second floor has two double bedroomsTwins: One twin bedroom on the second floorSingles: One single bedroom with truckle bed
  • BathroomsThe first floor has two shower en suites and one en suite bathroom. The second floor has a family bathroom.
  • FamilyChildren: Yes, very welcomeCots: One travel cot is availableHighchairs: Two highchairs are available
  • BBQWeber charcoal barbecue
  • FeaturesState-of-the-art cinema room with HD TV
  • PetsTwo dogs are welcome on prior request
    Each pet is charged at £60.00 per stay
  • Mod ConsTV with DVD, iPod docksInternet & Communications:Wi-Fi internetMobile Signal: Check reception maps
  • Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • RestrictionsNo fireworks are permitted due to livestock
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Style: Original period character, muted colour palettes and art-filled spaces, elegantly combine with contemporary lighting to illuminate the charming features of this luxury country home.

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Our Take

Chief Operations Officer Kahdine says

Butterfly House was once a worldwide butterfly attraction which famously provided the silk to construct Princess Diana´s wedding dress. This interesting history only touches the surface of the enchanting life story behind this truly luxurious country home.

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Unique Extras

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Butterfly House flaunts a Poggenpohl kitchen, the pinnacle of luxury, where clean lines and polished surfaces integrate with period detailing creating a seamless kitchen-diner. This luxury, sociable space reflects the needs of those who like to entertain. With a cosy log burner, seating for 14, two dishwashers, two ovens and a large fridge freezer, Butterfly House poses the perfect place to dine with friends and family.

In-House Cuisine

Spend your self-catering break indulging in extra luxuries, whilst you focus on entertaining your guests, arrange for an in-house chef to prepare a mouth-watering meal in the comfort of this luxury country home (on prior request and subject to an additional cost).

Eating Out

The Queens Arms in nearby Corton is a quintessentially English AA award-winning ‘pub of the year’, snuggle up in front of the roaring open fire, enjoy a pint and a homemade pork pie - this place has oodles of rustic charm. In the nearby village of Sherborne, fine country cooking and cask ales delight all locals at The Rose and Crown.

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Disclaimer: These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set as a guideline only. They are intended to give a fair description, but should not be relied upon as being a statement of fact. The photographs appearing on this website show only certain parts and aspects of the property at the time when the photographs were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed in the photographs. If there are any points of particular importance that need clarifying before you confirm your booking please do not hesitate to ask.

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