Independent Schools in Wiltshire & Dorset

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Luxury Accommodation near Sherborne, Bryanston & Milton Abbey and other leading Independent Schools in Wiltshire and Dorset

Some of the finest independent schools in the country are on our door step and parents and their families often stay with us. So, whether you are visiting for the first time, looking for luxury self-catered accommodation within easy reach of the school, or just looking for a home from home for the half term, weekends, or holidays then do get in touch.

Knowing that one should never judge a 'book by its cover' and for the readers' interest we have also included a few of the names of notable old pupils of the Schools. There are of course many others too numerous to mention.

Milton Abbey

An independent boarding school for boys and girls aged from 13 to 18 with 211 pupils.
Address: Milton Abbas, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 0BZ
Notable pupils: Alexander Faludy, Anglican priest and noted child prodigy who in 1998 became the youngest undergraduate at Cambridge University since 1773 despite suffering from dyslexia. Rupert Evans, British actor and member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and star of the Amazon television series The Man from the High Castle. Professor Jonathan Freeman Attwood CBE, 14th principal of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Travel time from Hammoon: 22 minute


Bryanston School is an English independent day and boarding school for boys and girls with 650 pupils.
Adddress: Bryanston School, Bryanston, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0PX

Notable pupils: Ben Fogle, television presenter, and adventurer. Dame Carolyn Fairbairn DBE, director general of the Confederation of British industry. Jasper Conran OBE, fashion designer. Lucien Freud painter. Phil de Glanville, former captain of the English rugby team.

Travel time from Hammoon: 18 minutes


Clayesmore is an English independent day and boarding school for boys and girls, aged 2 to 18 with 450 pupils.
Address: Iwerne Minster, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8LL

Notable pupils: Brian Epstein manager of the Beatles. Nicholas Charles Handy, British theoretical chemist and former professor of quantum chemistry at Cambridge University. Nicole Faraday, award-winning actress best known for English television leading roles on Bad Girls, Casualty and Emmerdale.

Travel time from Hammoon: 25 minutes

Sherborne School

Sherborne is an independent boarding and day school for boys aged 13-18 with 543 pupils.
Address: Sherborne School, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3AP

Notable pupils: Alan Turing, the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. Leading English actor, Jeremy Irons. Chris Martin, lead singer of the rock band Cold Play. Writer John Le Carré (and many others too numerous to mention).

Travel time from Hammoon: 30 minutes

Sherborne Girls

An independent day and boarding school for girls aged from 11 to 18 with 488 pupils.
Address: Sherborne Girls School, Bradford Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3QN
Notable former pupils. Dame Emma Kirby, an English soprano and one of the world's most renowned early music specialists - she has sung on more than 100 recordings. Princess Elizabeth Bagaaya Akiiki of Toro is the 'Batebe' (princess royal) of Toro and briefly served as minister of foreign affairs under Idi Amin.

Travel time from Hammoon: 30 minutes

Port Regis Preparatory School

An independent preparatory day and boarding school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 13 with 360 pupils.
Address: Port Regis, Motcombe Park, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 9QA

Notable pupils: Peter and Zara Philips son and daughter of Anne, Princess Royal.
Bruce Sharman, film producer and production manager for Star Wars (1977) and the Empire Strikes back (1980). Kwame Anthony Appiah, British philosopher, cultural theorist, novelist and professor at New York University.

Travel time from Hammoon: 18 mins

Hanford School

An independent day and boarding school for girls, aged from 7 to 13 with 100 pupils.

Address: Hanford School, Child Okeford, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 8HN
Notable pupils: Amanda Foreman, British/American biographer and historian. Dame Emma Kirby, world-renowned soprano. Tara Palmer Tomkinson, English socialite and television personality.

Travel time from Hammoon: 10 minutes

Sandroyd School

An independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 2 to 13 with 180 pupils.

Address: Sandroyd School, Rushmore, Tollard Royal, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 5QD
Notable pupils: The playwright Sir Terence Rattigan, former Foreign Secretary, and NATO Secretary-General Lord Carrington, explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, industrialist Sir Timothy Sainsbury, Professor Michael Dummett, Lord Snowdon and King Peter II of Yugoslavia.

Travel time from Hammoon: 30 minutes

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