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

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)
    From £4,495 per week, £3,395 per short break
  • Your Home Stay Includes Linen, towels and logs for the fire (enough to get you started) 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 wooden cot and two travel cots are availableHighchairs: Two highchairs are available
  • BBQWeber charcoal barbecue
  • FeaturesState-of-the-art cinema room with HD TV
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome on prior request
    Each pet is charged at £60 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
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner, no 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

Property Owner Celia says

On a freezing day in February, work began to turn a disused butterfly farm into a contemporary retreat. From local craftsmen who made much of the furniture, to purchasing chandeliers in Florence, we carefully considered the finish and fittings, fabric and furnishings to create a perfect family home.

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Out & About

Discover places to see and things to do whilst in and around Sherborne, Dorset to truly enhance your stay come rain or shine!

Dine at The Chapel A Grade-II listed former church, now a Michelin acclaimed and Bib Gourmand awarded restaurant serving up mouth-watering cuisine in a contemporary-characterful setting where lofty white art-filled walls meet elegant ecclesiastical stained-glass windows. Dine al fresco on the sun-drenched, jasmine-scented terrace and gaze over Somerset’s skyline with a glass of something chilled from The Chapel’s unique Winestore.  

Gallery Gallivanting The historic town of Burton is home to the pioneering Hauser and Wirth. Already established in London’s Mayfair and New York, the art gallery's additional residence in Burton creates 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. The vibrant art laden dining room makes a great place to critique beyond the gallery.

Sherborne Castle A family home since 1617 and built by Sir Walter Raleigh, this historic house reflects over 400 years of British History. Imprinted by each succeeding generation, its magnificent staterooms, Tudor kitchen, fossil archive and 42 acres of tranquil, landscaped gardens make for a culture-rich day out for the entire family. 

Cadbury Castle For those wanting a walk with a unique experience, the plateaus and limestone slopes of Cadbury Castle are certain to set tails wagging; full of turbulent history and considered to be one of the potential sites for King Arthur's Camelot; this Iron Age fort affords breath-taking views of South East Somerset to delight all ramblers. 

On the Water Calling all keen anglers, let the rest of the family know you've 'gone fishing' and perch upon the banks at Sutton Bingham Reservoir, set in the rolling hills of the Somerset and Dorset border these excellent waters are stocked with rainbow and brown trout to keep you hooked for the entire day.

Sherborne Farmer's Market Taking place on the third Friday of every month, the tempting aroma of fresh baked bread and garden-fresh fruit and vegetables makes Sherborne's Farmer's Market the perfect place to fill you basket during your luxury self-catering stay. The weekly market is held every Thursday and Saturday where you can find handmade Sherborne gifts - perfect for souvenirs.   

Dorset's Jurassic Coastline The world renowned Jurassic Coast is ultimately called-for when staying at Butterfly House. Just half an hour drive and rich in prehistoric remains, the Jurassic Coastline is England's first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site, ranked among the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as one of the natural world's wonders. Walk in the footsteps of giants and take the family on a fossil hunting walk.



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 so should not be relied upon as a statement of fact. The photographs show aspects of the property at the time they were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed. If there are points of particular importance that need clarifying before you book, please ask our team.

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