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

Stately Homes & Houses

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 New Castle

Sherborne New Castle (1.5 miles/2.5 km)

Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, Sherborne Castle has been home of the Digby family since 1617. Set in 40 acres of glorious ‘Capability' Brown landscaped gardens and grounds around the 50 acre lake, the Castle contains a splendid collection of art, furniture and porcelain.

Montacute House

Montacute House (11 miles/17.5 km)

Montacute is an Elizabethan house with elegant chimneys and carved parapets. Inside there are magnificent tapestries, heraldic glass and portraits from the National Portrait Gallery.

Lytes Cary Manor

Lytes Cary Manor (16 miles/26.0 km)

Lytes Cary is a beautiful medieval manor house featuring a 14th century chapel. The gardens are also very attractive.

Barrington Court

Barrington Court (23 miles/37.0 km)

This is an Edwardian-style estate featuring a Tudor house and kitchen garden - which also supplies their restaurant.

Forde Abbey

Forde Abbey (24 miles/38.5 km)

Founded in 1140 as a Cistercian monastery, Forde Abbey survived Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries to become one of the oldest homes in England open to the public.


Athelhampton (27 miles/43.5 km)

Athelhampton is a magnificent Tudor house set in a beautiful 19th century garden. Here you will see the world famous topiary pyramids!

Stourhead Estate

Stourhead Estate (28 miles/45.0 km)

Stourhead is a famous Palladian mansion filled with Georgian treasures, Chippendale furniture and fine paintings. Enchanting temples, monuments and rare planting surround the tranquil lake. There are also woodland and chalk downland walks towards nearby King Alfred's Tower, one of the finest follies in Britain. There are also two Iron Age hill forts to explore

Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy (29 miles/46.5 km)

This is a 17th century house with fine art and Egyptian artefacts. There are also lovely gardens, woodlands extending to 250 acres and the restored 18th century corn mill on the River Stour.

Clouds Hill

Clouds Hill (33 miles/53.0 km)

This is a tiny isolated cottage, formerly owned by Lawrence of Arabia. It is now preserved as a museum about his life and work.

Wilton House

Wilton House (39 miles/63.0 km)

Wilton House is the 450 year-old home of the Earl of Pembroke. The house contains many splendid state rooms and a world famous art collection.

Mompesson House

Mompesson House (40 miles/64.5 km)

Mompesson is an elegant 18th century house where the movie Sense and Sensibility was filmed. The house features magnificent plasterwork and a collection of 18th century Turnball drinking glasses.

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.

Coleridge Cottage

Coleridge Cottage (49 miles/79.0 km)

This is the cottage where the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

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