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

Historical Sites

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 Old Castle

Sherborne Old Castle (1.5 miles/2.5 km)

Built by Bishop Roger of Salisbury in the 12th century as a strongly defended palace, Sherborne Old Castle became a powerful Royalist base during the Civil War. Described as ‘malicious and mischievous' by Cromwell, it fell in 1645 after a fierce eleven-day siege.

Cerne Abbas Giant

Cerne Abbas Giant (14 miles/22.5 km)

For fairly obvious reasons, also known as the rude man, this ancient chalk carving is the largest in Britain at 180 feet tall.


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.


Stonehenge (38 miles/61.0 km)

Stonehenge is without question the most famous prehistoric monument in the world. You will marvel at this mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design.

Cadbury Castle

Cadbury Castle (6 miles/9.5 km)

The Iron Age Hill Fort at Cadbury, has long been associated with Camelot, the famed citadel of Arthur where the Round Table was housed and from where the Fellowship of Knights rode forth in search of adventure.

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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