Welcome to Monkton Wyld Court

A large country house and grounds in Dorset offering a variety of courses, venue hire, B&B and hostel facilities.

As an education centre for sustainable living, Monkton Wyld Court hosts a range of courses, conferences and gatherings for adults, families and children, providing a valued resource for the local community and for people from further afield, including the tired city dweller seeking the reinvigoration of fresh food and country air. We are located in a secluded valley just a few miles from Lyme Regis and Dorset's famous Jurassic coast, so the seaside is there to enjoy, along with our eleven acres of gardens and meadows.

Designed by
Richard Cromwell Carpenter, the Grade II listed neo-Gothic rectory was built in 1848. In 1940 pioneering educators Carl and Eleanor Urban established a co-educational boarding school here to promote cooperative living and learning. Although the original Monkton Wyld School closed in 1982, the importance of farming and other practical skills and a focus on sustainability have remained central to our ethos.

The Court is now managed by a resident community with the help of
volunteers. We work to develop and promote a lifestyle based on mutual respect for each other and for the natural environment, and we strive to live as sustainably as we can. Decisions are made by consensus, and new members join through a gradual process that begins with a volunteering visit.

From bee-keeping to scything to yoga, hedgelaying to timber building, Monkton's
programme promotes low-impact, land-based skills for changing modern life. Our seasonal "family weeks" are lively and popular. We also host venue bookings, educational stays and small eco-conferences for schools, informal groups,and national environmental organisations.

We offer simple but comfortable rooms at affordable rates, either as B&B or hostel accommodation. As well as individual rooms, the whole or part of the house can be booked, to sleep up to 35 people. Writer's retreats are another option, where a room can be occupied for a number of weeks at an economy rate, including meals. Or camp on our old tennis court lawn, with the house facilities nearby.

Meals, all vegetarian, are cooked on a wood-fuelled stove in the Victorian kitchen using fresh organically produced ingredients from the Court’s own walled garden, orchard and dairy farm and from other local producers. We cater for all sorts of special diets on request.

So come as a guest and enjoy the relaxing, friendly surroundings of Monkton Wyld Court, or as a volunteer to to share closely in our work and way of life. Either way you will experience a different way of 21st century living, one that we believe has a very positive future.

Monkton Wyld Court
nr. Charmouth
+44 (0) 1297 560342


Monkton Wyld School, company limited by guarantee, is registered in London no.361419 and registered charity no.306217. Monkton Wyld Trading Co, limited by guarantee, is registered in London no.2629053.