I am Liz

I moved to Dorset in 2006 with my partner Cath, as a result of a mid-life crisis.  We quit our safe office jobs to escape to the country and the joys and perils of self-employment.  We fell in love with Hillyground Cottage and its gardens the moment we saw it, thought it ideal for setting up a self-catering holiday busines, and have enjoyed sharing it with our visitors.

Sadly, Cath died in 2018 but I continue to happily provide holiday accommodation, grow vegetables and generally enjoy the relaxed Dorset environment.

In my spare time I design knitting patterns and quilts, and enjoy days out exploring Dorset and further afield.  I particularly like visiting gardens, and have included some of our favourites on the Houses and Gardens page.  I am also very keen on wildlife and like visiting nature reserves, some of which we describe on our Wildlife page.


I sell my original knitting patterns for wonderful toys on my ravelry site at, and on

All photographs on the website were taken by Cath Walker, with the following exceptions:

Home page: aerial view of Hillyground, Jasmine and Rose Cottages: photo by Trevor Judd; aerial view of Hillyground gardens: photo by Shaun Matthews.

Photo gallery page: aerial views of Hillyground and surrounding areas: photos by Ted Clark.