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Abbots Court Rural Escape is the ultimate idyllic escape in the heart of Dorset.
Run by local couple, Jez and Niki Barfoot, owners of the award-winning The Tickled Pig restaurant in Wimborne, Abbots Court Rural Escape Farmhouse has undergone a complete transformation since May 2017 and the results are quite stunning – furnished to a high standard, the result is an ‘at home’ relaxed experience accompanied by a signature menu (locally and seasonally sourced) and wine list.
The standards are high. Abbots Court is a
beautiful Victorian house offering individual luxury accommodation with dining in delightful grounds catering for midweek escapes, weekend retreats, intimate weddings, cooking workshops, foraging and shoots along with corporate and private events.
Jez Barfoot, a MasterChef finalist said: “We’ve waited a long time to find the right place and it’s very exciting
to be able to invite people in and let them experience all that Abbots Court has to offer. Guests will be able to enjoy food picked fresh from the garden as our chefs prepare each meal. They can also wander freely through the grounds enjoying the peace and quiet, as well as relaxing with the home comforts of luxury bed and breakfast accommodation in a Victorian house.”
At the heart of this project is a unique walled kitchen garden with its newly built living wall, which Jez created by hand using wood cleared from the site. The walled garden is planted with luscious, heritage heirloom variety salads and a rich variety of fruit and vegetables.
Niki Barfoot said of the interiors: “The interior design has been carefully created, we have also been guided by Farrow and Ball whose beautifully hand printed wallpapers and paints adorn the walls. We selected colours and wallpapers that work in harmony with the natural surroundings of the house taking their influence from the beautiful Dorset countryside.”
Abbots Court is located between Dorchester and Bournemouth, just east of Winterborne Kingston. Accommodation comprises seven en-suite bedrooms, luxury bed and breakfast with dining for guests, glamping (bell tents and shepherd’s huts), an original walled kitchen garden and livestock – all within five acres of picturesque grounds. 01929 448638 @abbotscourt

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