A glorious country house built 200 years ago of stone from the Purbeck Hills, situated within its own beautiful, formal gardens


While hotel receptions usually house a rack of leaflets describing places to visit, ours is different, our reception is the home of a unique tourist information guide: The Grange Guide to Wessex.

Sherborne Abbey

Sherborne Abbey (1.5 miles/2.5 km)

The Abbey is the centre piece of Sherborne. Consecrated more than twelve hundred years ago, it was formerly a cathedral and later, the church of a Benedictine monastery. Two Saxon kings, Ethelbald and Ethelbert are interred in the Abbey. Take a 20p coin to light up the magnificent fan-vaulted ceiling.


Glastonbury (24 miles/38.5 km)

The attractions here include Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury Tor and Glastonbury Lake Village. The many myths and legends associated with the town concern Joseph of Arimathea, the Holy Grail and also King Arthur.

Wells Cathedral and The Bishop’s Palace

Wells Cathedral and The Bishop’s Palace (32 Miles/52.0 km)

The Cathedral dates back to the 8th century and, with its scissor arches, is one of the most unusual and beautiful in the country. The Bishop's Palace is said to be ‘one of the most memorable of all bishop's palaces in England.'

Lacock Abbey and Lacock Village

Lacock Abbey and Lacock Village (46 miles /74.0 km)

Lacock is a little known picturesque village dating back to Saxon times. Its attractions include a medieval cloistered abbey converted into a fine country house, newly-restored botanic gardens and a fascinating museum dedicated to William Henry Fox-Talbot, the ‘Father of Modern Photography'. Uniquely preserved by the National Trust, Lacock has provided the setting for Pride & Prejudice, scenes from the Harry Potter films and many other period film and television productions.

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