This property is free for HHA Friends
The gardens lie in valley landscaped in the 18th century and have been owned by the same family for 350 years. A mile of walks reveals an exceptional collection of rhododendrons and shrubs (magnolias, davidas and acers), and an 18th century water garden with cascades and streams.
This property offers free access to HHA Friends and Members during normal opening hours - please check opening times.
On A342, 2m N of Cerne Abbas.
Visitor Opening Times
2017: Mid-February – 9 November: daily, 10am–6pm.
Guided house tours for special interest groups by prior appointment. Dorset cream teas on Spring Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday.
Please note that these opening times are correct to the best of the HHA’s knowledge, as advised by the property. Opening times may change and a property may very occasionally need to close at short notice. We therefore recommend you check with the property before your visit, by phone or on the property’s website, especially if your journey is likely to be a long one.
Groups and special visits
Minterne, which has been the home of the Churchill & Digby families for 350 years is very much lived-in and welcoming. The pictures are brought to life by Lord Digby, with family historical stories ranging from Roman times, the Marlborough Wars and tapestries, the Gunpowder plot, the Civil War, Trafalgar with the storm after the battle, and the Arctic convoys of 1942. Also a fine collection of Arabian watercolours painted by Jane Digby, Lady Ellenborough when married to her fourth husband, Sheikh Medjuel El Mesrab. Open for organised groups only.
Tailor Made Facilities
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