Houses & Gardens

Houses and Gardens

Mapperton House & Gardens

MappertonSpectacular formal valley gardens beside Jacobean manor used as a location in the 2015 film Far From the Madding Crowd and voted ‘The Nation’s Finest Manor House’ by Country Life.

With a formal Italianate garden with its formal statues, herbaceous borders, topiary and grottoes.

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

AbbotsburyVoted by HHA Garden of the Year 2012. “One of the finest Gardens I have ever visited” Alan Titchmarsh.  Rare and exotic plants thrive in this sheltered wooded valley.

Impressive displays of camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons and hydrangeas.  There is also a formal walled garden.

P1000379Athelhampton House

Near Dorchester, HHA- “one of the outstanding manor houses in England.” Set in 20 acres of 19th century Italianate gardens

Sherborne Castle and Gardens

16th-century castle with lavish furnishings and fine art plus huge gardens and a lake.

Forde Abbey

Right on the Dorset/Somerset border close to Chard is Forde Abbey a former Cistercian monastery and 30 acres of gardens landscaped in the 18th century.

As well as cascading ponds and the highest powered fountain in England there are herbaceous borders, a bog garden, rock garden, arboretum and walled kitchen garden.