‘Wooden cabbage’ is the local jargon for the many small oak trees that grow around here and this house named after them is superbly sited on a gently sloping hill with satisfyingly long views over gentle unspoilt Dorset countryside. It’s a former keeper’s cottage that has been enlarged to quite gracious proportions - there’s an airy feeling of space in the main rooms and its furnishings are also elegant - owners Martyn and Susie Lee’s family heirlooms are everywhere, some of them fine pieces but with homely touches such as family photos.
  Bedrooms are like the rooms you would find in a cared-for family home - stylish without being over the top or impersonal. Service is exceptionally good for an operation such as this - professional but relaxed. Our series editor Fiona Duncan says that if Oscars were awarded for guesthouses, Martyn and Susie would get one.
  Breakfasts are memorable - Susie’s food is more than competent, flavourful home cooking. You start with fresh fruit or fruit compote served with yoghurt and cereals, then move on to the full English coming from local farms. Everything is homemade, from the popular granola to the jams and marmalades. Martyn’s vegetable garden will make amateur kitchen gardeners want to go home and give up: it’s not only functional but a key feature of the garden at one end of the house. Martyn and Susie are on hand to recommend a number of fine local pubs and restaurants to enjoy a delicious dinner within a few miles.