Some of the gardens in Child Okeford, Dorset

Some of the gardens in Child Okeford, Dorset Last week we stayed a few nights in a cottage in Child Okeford. It's not a village I'd heard of before and in case you haven't either it's about fifteen minutes from Blandford Forum, if that helps! The village has a couple of pubs, a shop and a post office and paths leading up to Hambledon Hill, which is a prehistoric hill fort that looks over the village. We had a blowy walk up there one morning, but that's a whole other post.

Visiting Dorset in a chilly January may not be everyone's thing, but we had a great time even though many of the things I had planned were outdoors. Even better though I'd had the forethought to book a cottage with a wood burner, yes just as I planned it dear...!

So let's start with the cottage's garden; it was a small but perfectly functional garden with a path up to the door, stepping stones over to the wood store, a rockery and a small area for the barbecue, which we didn't get to use! Along with the succulents, the real star of this garden for me was the dusky pink hellebores. Delightful!


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