Stately Homes, Castles and Gardens to Visit in Dorset

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Showing 12 properties in Dorset

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One of the outstanding manor houses in England. The late medieval great hall with tall oriel window is uniquely fine amidst the harmonious Tudor additions with their Ham stone mullions and heraldic carved beasts.

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Deans Court - Dorset
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Thought originally to have been built in the C8th for the Abbess of Wimborne, the house became the Deanery to Wimborne Minster in the mid-C10th, and a family home in the mid-C16th. The fine redbrick structure was built in 1725, around the Saxon hall, wit... read more
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Charming blend of Tudor and Georgian architecture with interesting contents. Organic walled garden, 6 acre garden with unusual trees and spring bulbs. 12th century church nearby.

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Begun in 1765 and developed ever since, now a 20-acre woodland garden in coastal valley with own microclimate. Famous for its camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias and hydrangeas and tender species.

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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 w... read more
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Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, Sherborne Castle has been home of the Digby family since 1617. Set in 40 acres of glorious 'Capability' Brown landscaped gardens and grounds around his 50 acre lake, the Castle contains a splendid collection of art, fu... read more
Smedmore House - Dorset
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A stunning, privately owned, 18th Century Country House on the Jurassic Coast.

Surrounded by countryside and sea views as far as the eye can see, Smedmore House offers a level of tranquillity and privacy that is hard to find elsewhere. read more
Wolfeton House - Dorset
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Fine medieval and Elizabethan manor house lying in water-meadows - much embellished in 1560 with splendid plasterwork and panelling. The medieval gatehouse has two unmatched and older towers. There is also a Chapel and Cyder House.

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Mapperton - Dorset
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Set in a deep Dorset valley and dominated by the Jacobean manor, the gardens run down on four levels; at the top a wide lawn leads to an Italianate 1920s topiary garden with a classical orangery; on the next level, tanks flanked by cut yew give views to t... read more
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A Georgian house overlooking an ancient deer park with the parish church of St Barnabas in the garden. The grounds and principal rooms of the house are open to the public for 28 days a year.

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Set in the very heart of Dorset, Lulworth Castle stands a few miles from the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. It was built in the early 17th Century as a hunting lodge and became a country house at the heart of a large estate. Thomas Howard, 3rd Lord Bindon... read more
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Set in the heart of the Dorset Countryside, Kingston Maurward’s 18th century mansion house is beautifully situated with a scenic lake, extensive lawns and formal gardens.

With its parkland approach and elegant sweeping drive, the Georgian ... read more