The Rampisham area
The Smokehouse is based in the small and pretty West Dorset village of Rampisham. The village is in a steep and secluded chalk valley which traces a stream and has a shallow ford close to the central crossroad. There are several houses with traditional thatched roofs, a Manor House, and a rectory and church with fine examples of work by Pugin. Thomas Hardy worked on the church as an apprentice architect and the Romans too were here and built a villa, although not much of the structure remains today.
Visits by appointment only please.