Thomas Hardy's country home
Max Gate House
Houses and Gardens in Dorset
Do you appreciate the finer things in life and enjoy opulent surroundings? Then why not be lord of the manor for the day and savour the stunning stately homes and Dorset gardens.
Dorset is home to some of the most spectacular homes in the country with breathtaking gardens with their own hidden histories.
Enjoy a relaxing day taking in the wonderful surroundings and imagine these homes in their hay day playing host to English aristocracy, dignitaries and famous faces.
A long list of famous figures
Many of Dorset’s gardens and homes have direct links to some of England’s most famous historical figures that made Dorset their home.
Visit the very cottage where famous author Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 and then explore the Victorian house Max Gate that Hardy designed himself and lived up until his death in 1928.
Amazing architecture and wonderful art collections
Kingston Lacy House in Wimborne Minster built in the 17th century is an elegant country mansion built in the style of an Italian Palace and is home to a fine art collection.
These include paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian and Brueghel plus a host of carvings, intimate family souvenirs and even an ‘I owe you’ from a king.
Inspiring gardens and horticulture
With Dorset’s mild and bright climate it’s no wonder that it’s home to some magical gardens and horticultural masterpieces.
Take in the grandeur of these wonderful grounds that have been painstakingly cared for over hundreds of years.
Mapperton House and Gardens is a stunning setting that was recently featured in the Mail on Sunday’s Top 10 British Gardens.
With a gentle walk around this magnificent garden you will be able to see why it’s thought of so highly.
Knoll Gardens is a garden of year round beauty and is renowned for its ornamental grasses that have won multiple gold awards at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The east of the county is also home to award winning growers of Roses, Camellias and Fuchsias.
You can find details on how to visit the gardens of these award winning gardeners and growers by downloading the specialist nurseries and hidden gardens of East Dorset trail.
Meet the experts and learn their secrets, they may even share with you a few of their top tips to make your own garden flourish.
Find more of the beautiful homes and Dorset gardens to visit, please browse the listings at the bottom of this page.
Plan your visit
Now you’re aware of the quality of the homes and gardens in Dorset, there is no better time than now to start planning your trip.
We’ve got hundreds of different accommodation to suit everyone featured on the website so why not book now and start planning your own tour of Dorset’s wonderful homes and gardens.
Please use the links below to find your accommodation or use our search facility. Enjoy your visit to Dorset!