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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Athelhampton House & Gardens is one on the finest English manor houses, with beautiful furnished rooms. The grade on gardens are home to the famous topiary pyramids, fountains and the River Piddle.
Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and stately home of the Digby family since 1617, Sherborne Castle is a Historic House which reflects a glorious variety of decorative styles from over 400 years of English history. Come and experience the Castle's...
Forde Abbey is a fascinating combination of mediaeval monastery and family home. Many of its 12th century features, including the Cloisters and vaulted Undercroft (in use today as a tea room) are beautifully preserved.
A unique Pool which varies in colour from green to turquoise and is surrounded by 25 acres of pine trees, gorse and heather.
A haven for families to enjoy and explore.
EAST LULWORTH, Wareham
Walk in the footsteps of Kings & Queens as you enjoy wide open spaces, historic buildings & stunning landscapes. Enjoy the tranquillity of the nearby 18C Chapel, wander through the park & woodland & bring a picnic.
Open daily 10am to 5pm 19 March to 3O October
Experience 1950s Wimborne in miniature - take a quiz around the site and discover the contents of over 100 shops.
Relax and enjoy the Sensory Garden features. Play Giant Chess and...
Eight acres of gardens. Outstanding displays of water lilies in summer. Monet style bridge and gazebo. Nursery, gift shop and tearooms.
Evoking nature’s profuse spontaneity, meadow-style drifts merge almost seamlessly from sunny perennial meadows to prairie style plantings and tough easy-care, green lawn substitutes. Featuring plants from Knoll’s onsite nursery amidst a...
Founded over 1000 years ago by King Alfred the Great, Shaftesbury is one of England’s most charming and historic market towns, famous for its picturesque Gold Hill (of Hovis fame!), with extensive views of the unspoilt Dorset landscape.
Picturesque 15th Century almshouse
Portland Museum’s collection reflects the most significant aspects of Portland’s history: the sea, shipwrecks, archaeology, fossils, stone, railways, prisons, military history, local customs and the social history of the Islanders. Portland has...
Spectacular formal valley gardens beside 16th-17thC manor. Pools, orangery, fine views and walks. Voted 'The Nation's Finest Manor House' by Country Life magazine.
The Town Mill is a unique mix of working watermill, art galleries and creative artisanal businesses. Centred around a beautiful mediaeval cobbled courtyard and featuring a landscaped ‘Miller’s Garden’, the Town Mill is one of Lyme Regis’ leading...
Kingston Maurward Gardens are set deep in Hardy's Dorset and are listed on the English Heritage register of gardens.
The gardens include grand floral displays, stone terraces, topiary, a lake and temple.
Greenhill Gardens, situated right on the seaside is one of the gems of the area. The award winning Gardens has brightly coloured borders, winding paths, recreational areas and one of the best views of Weymouth Bay and the Dorset coastline ever...
Overlooking Portland Harbour in Dorset stands one of Henry VIII's finest coastal forts, built in the early 1540s to protect against French and Spanish invasion. Today it provides a great day out for visitors and its audio tour, included in the...
Honeybrook Farm is a unique and rustic country park set in acres of beautiful Dorset countryside. Honeybrook has farm animals galore including rare breeds and most wildlife species too.
Lime Tree House was opened to the public as a home for Mrs. Penny's collection of historic costumes. Ten rooms exhibit fashions and accessories from 1740 to 1970.
The secluded gardens at Minterne, famed for its seasonal profusion of Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Japanese cherries and Magnolias are set in a peaceful wooded valley and have been described by Simon Jenkins as ‘corner of paradise.’ In late May and June...
Museum showing the archaeology, social and domestic history of Christchurch. Changing temporary exhibitions, costume gallery, rose and herb gardens.