4 miles SE of Chard

Drovers Run

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Set amongst gorgeous unspoilt countryside close to the pretty River Synderford, this charming, exquisite homestay is for those seeking to shun the everyday, to disappear for a while and envelope yourself in the healing, therapeutic qualities of nature. Nestled on the border between Dorset and Somerset and surrounded by the beautiful rolling hills of the Forde Abbey Estate, step inside this delightful wood-cladded home where a warm welcome awaits. Inside, you'll discover a charming open plan space, perfect for couples or single travellers alike. With a delightful wood burner, country views, cosy bedroom and living space plus a well-equipped kitchen and spacious garden, you have everything you need close at hand to make your stay a relaxing one. Centrally located, Drovers Run is ideally situated to explore both the best of Dorset and Somerset, whether it's exploring the market towns such as Axminster and Bridport or heading to the coast to Lyme Regis and the impressive red cliffs of West Bay - the best of both worlds!

Living, eating and sleeping

Drovers Run is totally open plan, meaning the bedroom flows into the lounge area which in turn leads into the kitchen and dining area.

The bedroom and lounge area overlooks the back garden and open fields. The welcoming bed, swathed in luxurious bedding, linens, cushions, and throws is king size, and is the perfect setting for long, lazy lie ins and breakfast in bed. Look up, and a skylight offers the perfect view for stargazing, whilst you'll also have splendid views of the garden and verdant fields through the windows and French doors. There's plenty of built-in storage so all luggage can be conveniently tucked away.

Directly in front of the bed lies a comfy two-seater sofa, plus a cosy Contura wood burning stove -perfect for cooler months and simply hypnotic to watch from the comfort of bed! In addition, there's a Smart TV for catching up on your favourite box sets (also visible from the bed) plus a Marshall Stockwell Bluetooth speaker, although this retreat is the perfect spot for a digital detox too! French doors lead directly out onto the decking area, creating a larger living space during warmer weather.

The L-shaped kitchen has everything you need to rustle up romantic feasts for the two of you, including an induction hob and oven, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, and the all-important coffee machine. There's plenty of workspace for prepping your locally sourced goodies, whilst a super-cute dining table and chairs lies between the kitchen and lounge area.


The gorgeous shower room is perfectly equipped for pampering, with a shower that has a fixed head and handheld flexible shower wand, whilst gorgeous organic and locally produced 'LoveGrove' toiletries await along with fluffy bath and hand towels and underfloor heating. We just love the stunning sink too!

Outdoor space

Step through the French doors in the lounge area and you'll discover a pretty deck area with a two-seater table and chairs with garden parasol, as well as a Weber gas barbeque for alfresco dining. With the sun rising over this lovely space, it's the perfect spot for morning coffee too, listening to the glorious birdsong. In addition, two loungers await for lazy, hot afternoons when only a snooze under the beautiful big Ash tree will do. For the seekers of a restful retreat, unplug from the everyday and reset your soul with a yoga practice deep in the countryside - the decking area in the back garden is just perfect for serene yoga moments. Surrounded by open grazing farmland, this is a nature lovers dream, with plentiful birdlife as well as grazing cows and sheep - expect plenty of lambs in springtime!


There is private, off road parking directly in front of the property, as well as a 13AMP slow charge electric socket for guests with electric cars.

Babies and children

This is one of our adults only retreats.


This is one of our pet-free properties.


Drovers Run has WiFi so if you need to stay in touch with the outside world, you can.

Farm Life

Please note that Drovers Run is surrounded by working farms, so you'll see lots of farm life around you such as tractors bringing in their harvest or farmers moving their animals from field to field.

In the Area

Drovers Run is situated in Dorset, but close to the border with Somerset, meaning there's plenty to see and do during your stay should you wish. Forde Abbey House and Gardens, whose lands surround this retreat, are a must, just a half an hour's walk away, or a five-minute drive. With many miles of idyllic country lanes to explore, this is a popular spot for runners and cyclists alike - so why not don your running shoes and pack your bikes for a dreamy dose of adventuring. Alternatively, pop in the car and seek out the numerous, picturesque market towns and country villages such as Axminster and Bridport where you'll discover famers markets (perfect for picking up local, tasty produce), country pubs and plentiful restaurants. Alternatively, head to the coast where the beautiful, regency seaside town of Lyme Regis awaits, and the impressive red cliffs of West Bay await to be discovered. The stunning Blackdown Hills, an AONB, are well worth exploring and a must for walkers.

Beautifully bijou and oh-so-charming, this delightful hideaway for two lies deep in the countryside, right on the Dorset/Somerset border - the perfect romantic escape, away from it all.

At a glance

From £520 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 2 | 1 Bedroom | Regret no pets

Key features

Adults only retreat

Al Fresco eating

Autumnal escapes

Boutique Hideaway

Cottage garden

Electric car charging point

Ideal for running and cycling enthusiasts

Ideal Honeymoon spot

Off the beaten track

Perfect yoga escape

Pet-free property

Rolling countryside

Wood Burner

Perfect For Couples


Boutique country chic

check in / check out days

Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.


  • A 13 deposit & £38 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about Drovers Run:

Drovers Run is an absolutely wonderful place to stay. Beautifully decorated and situated. We thoroughly enjoyed the beaches and were lucky enough to find some fossils! The morning wake up call from the cows was magic. Thank you both.

This is the ultimate get away from it all retreat with the added bonus that you will feel as if you are wrapped in a warm hug. You will be spoilt rotten with every detail taken care of for you during your stay and go back home feeling pampered. This wonderful little cabin next to buttercup meadows and a tinkling stream in the beautiful Dorset countryside is an absolute delight and I would highly recommend it.

Absolutely immaculate, the cleanest property we have ever stayed in. Beautifully decorated too.

We are grateful to Lisa and Clive for their impressive attention to detail and thoughtfulness around Drover’s Run. The cottage was immaculately clean, very well equipped, and in an ideally quiet location with beautiful surrounding area. We look forward to returning!

Thank you Clive & Lisa, it was a pleasure to meet you both and Drovers Run is a wonderful hidden gem. This was a very important trip for me and I am so happy that I chose to spend my time here. I hope to come back again soon and thank you for your nice little touches.

Wow!! Thank you Lisa and Clive, Drovers Run is perfect! We have walked the lanes, chatted with locals, been to the beaches and the waves at high tide at Burton-Bradstock are awesome. Happy New Year, we hope to be back and do more cross-country walking.

Drovers Run is a truly wonderful gem of a place to stay. The accommodation is perfect. It has everything you need for a relaxing getaway that you'll never forget. Thank you for having me!!

A fantastic place to stay for our mini-moon! After a hectic few months, some downtime was needed and this was the ideal location. It was lovely to stay at Drovers Run and it surpassed all expectations. Everything has been thought of, we will certainly recommend to our friends and we look forward to returning.

What a beautiful place to explore Dorset from. Drovers Run is just perfect set in beautiful countryside and so perfectly appointed for a restful, peaceful stay. So much thought put into this lovely place and always great to arrive back after a day exploring! Thank you Lisa & Clive, just perfect!!

Beautiful retreat in a beautiful location. Excellent hosts who offered advice and some lovely touches, particularly at arrival - homemade cake, fresh milk from the dairy, organic eggs and fresh bread.

A lot of effort has been made to make Drovers Run very sustainable, with carefully sourced materials and accessories. It’s also very luxurious, located in a very rural and natural location.

Beautiful cottage. Cosy and comfortable. Owners extremely welcoming.

Nice little retreat tucked away in the countryside with easy access to the Jurassic Coast. The garden is a sun trap in the afternoon and perfect for soaking up the last rays of the day. Check out the view of the stars on a clear night.

A beautiful retreat away from it all - we had a lovely weekend!

Drovers Run is beautifully,tastefully, appointed and furnished and provides a relaxing and luxurious experience. A compact and perfect country retreat! A relaxing 30 minute walk on country lanes to Forde Abbey makes for a great first day out. The retreat is also less than 30 minutes from Lyme Regis and Charmouth and is well located for travelling to beaches on the East Devon coast, to attractions around Dorchester and further into east Dorset.

Drovers Run is a beautiful property in a lovely location. The cottage is finished to the highest spec and is a really relaxing place for a break.

Excellent Eco-friendly retreat. Spotlessly clean and beautiful! Fantastic special touches such as the hamper and lovely bathroom amenities. No expense spared with the furnishings and top of the range appliances. Perfect place to enjoy a holiday

A blissfully beautiful cottage and location … perfect in every way

'As Bindon Bottom regulars, Drovers Run lived up to everything we'd expect from Lisa and Clive. From the detailed guest information, the luxurious surroundings and warm welcome to the yummy sticky ginger and whiskey cake, Drovers Run couldn't be more perfect. If you have a few hours spare, we'd recommend a walk with Simon and the donkeys at Donkey Walking Adventures. We've loved it so much we've already booked our stay for next year. Thank you Lisa and Clive.' - Covey, September 2021

'Drovers Run Retreat has been exactly that - a retreat from the stresses of the last 18 months. The power of nature's ability to heal and restire is so evident here. To sit in the morning with the sun shining through the mist, to hear the birds. At night the sky bursts alive with the twinkling of stars! Every detail has been thought about, it's five star luxury in a little bit of paradise' - Hartley, September 2021

'Drovers Run is a perfect place for a relaxing escape. Beautifully decorated and very comfortable. The surrounding countryside is great to explore. Appreciated the thoughtful touches, especially the cake!' - Flubacher, September 2021

'Drovers Run is a perfect retreat, a little hideaway nestled in beautiful countryside. We knew from the minute we entered the cottage everything would be perfect. Your attention to detail is impeccable and just as lovely as the Bindon Bottom days. We have had such a relaxing few days and want to say a big thank you to you both. 'Happiness' is here!!' - Cullen, August 2021

'Discovering Drovers Run was like discovering a little piece of heaven. The house is beautifully designed and so comfortable, with everything we needed for the most perfect week. After a long and challenging 18 months this was the loveliest place to rest and restore. Thanks for everything - see you again one day!' - Wicks, August 2021

'Thank you so much for the most wonderful stay at Drovers Run! It's exactly what we needed and everything you could possibly want has been thought about already - amazing! Hopefully we'll be back soon.' - Stone, August 2021

'Clive and Lisa, this place is just perfect! It is beautifully appointed and complete in every way. We have just loved being in Drovers Run so much! We didn't want to leave it to explore...but we did. It honestly is just a slice of heaven. We will be back! Thank you so much!' - Foulkes, August 2021

'We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! Drovers Run is immaculate and beautifully presented - every detail is perfect! The location is great - a beautiful walk away from Forde Abbey and also ideal for travelling to the coast, beaches and sights in Dorset. We recommend an evening at The Tytherleigh Arms for exquisite food. We'd love to come back again.' - Brophy, July 2021

'A beautiful property with everything you could possibly need for a lovely weekend. And a fantastic area with lots of great walks and views. Would definitely come again.' - Swetman, July 2021

'Knowing Clive and Lisa from our Bindon Bottom days, we knew Drovers Run would be an extra special place to stay and we haven't been disappointed. Every conceivable convenience and luxury has been thought of to make Drovers Run special. We can't wait for a return trip!' - Vickers, July 2021

'What an absolutely beautiful place to stay, topped off by a peaceful, stunning location. Drovers Run has everything and more! You could not wish for anything more, every little detail has been thought of. It really is luxury! Clive and Lisa were extremely helpful in pointing us in the direction of some beautiful places. Amazing hosts. Thank you.' - Gray, July 2021

'What a fantastic, peaceful, and luxurious place you have created at Drovers Run Lisa and Clive! Having visited you both a number of times in Lulworth Cove, our expectations were high but you have exceeded them here. Every small touch, beautiful decorations and information was perfect and we loved it! We will be back, love and best wishes.' - Harding, July 2021

'Thank you so much for an amazing stay - Drovers Run is the perfect luxury hideaway, so many thoughtful touches and beautifully decorated. We have absolutely loved our week here in the heart of the countryside. We will be back! xx' - Fellows, June 2021

'Lisa and Clive have done a fantastic job with Drovers Run. It's everything we hoped it would be and more. Very comfortable, beautifully decorated and well equipped. We've very much enjoyed the tranquil location with walking on the doorstep and easy access to the Jurassic coast. Forde Abbey was also an excellent day out. All in all, a very relaxing week away. Many thanks to Lisa and Clive for their hospitality. We've missed our stays with them at Bindon Bottom, so it's been great to catch up and enjoy a week in their new retreat. We hope to be back very soon!' - Fenn, June 2021

'What an absolutely beautiful place Lisa and Clive! We loved all the special touches! No expense spared with all the lovely furnishings and top range appliances. Peaceful and lovely and above all spotlessly clean. A super stay! Thank you!' - Skinner, June 2021

'Dear Lisa and Clive, thank you for a fantastic stay. Your home is beautiful and very welcoming. I've had a great few days and hope to be back soon.' - Samrai, June 2021

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