Recommended Services

Smedmore House, Dorset’s stunning country house for rent, is let on a self-catering basis but if you would like to hire some extra help,  we can assist you to find the perfect solution for your requirements.  Whether it’s just a little bit of help laying the table and clearing,  the preparation of breakfasts and simple lunches or something much more advanced like a private chef, we have a list of people who can help. 

Dorset is well known for the quality of its local produce and below you will also find a list of our favourite suppliers.  Some of them are very local indeed so you’ll be keeping your food miles to a minimum.


These providers are all highly recommended and work regularly at Smedmore House.  They cater for dinner parties, whole weekends and informal BBQs for our rental guests.   If you are looking for caterers for larger numbers or for a marquee event, you should consult our list of wedding caterers.

All these caterers and cooks can either provide full waitress service, or just drop off a meal for later use.

Connie Hawker Connie is a keen and confident cook. From cooking a breakfast fry-up for a crowd to creating a formal celebratory dinner, she is happy to adapt to what you want from weekends to drop-off meals with a practical can do attitude and of course a smile! 
TEL: 07800 777250 –

Rachel Stormonth Darling Locally sourced succulent fillet of beef – perhaps with an array of delicious salads for the healthy and active and accompanied by naughty sautéed or roasted pots for the comfort factor. Mouthwatering fish dishes fresh from the Jurassic coast. Fun, and casually formal … 
TEL: 07932 477436 –

Rebecca Green Catering Dinner parties cooked in person by a chef or delivered ready for the oven with full cooking instructions.
TEL: 01300 348526 – Email

Flames and Feasts– Louise Perry-Warnes – Specialising in intimate events for private & corporate clients across the South-West, fire cooking & local seasonal produce plays a key part in its offering.
TEL: 07464 770965 – Email

Chef: Giuseppe Sinaguglia Dinner parties for 10-20 people, using locally sourced, wild and home grown ingredients.
TEL: 01929 477260 –

Posh Pigs:  Hog Roast
TEL: 07977 079 144 – Verity Lounger


Locally caught fish, lobsters and crabs are available to order from the Kimmeridge fisherman, Nick Ford. 07791 580541

Kimmeridge raised and butchered meat can be ordered from local farmer GWR Hole & Sons at nearby Blackmanston Farm. 01929 480997

Dorset Vodka made from Milk   Black Cow

Dorset ice cream  Purbeck Ice cream

Locally Smoked Fish Chesil Smokery

Dorset Wine  Langham Wine


Time and Tide:  Local group who specialise in local stories and songs.  Email


Boat trips, windsurfing, diving, fishing, deer stalking, falconry, horse-riding, judo and para-gliding are also available by arrangement with local suppliers.

Lulworth Equestrian Centre, Combe Keynes


Isle of Purbeck Golf Club, Studland

Wareham Golf Club

The Dorset Golf and Country Club