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View of house and pergola at Athelhampton House and Gardens in Dorset

Athelhampton House

Dorchester, Dorset

The Great Hall was built in 1485 by Sir William Martyn. The Arts and Crafts Garden with its enclosed vistas, garden buildings, mounts and terraces was created by Francis Inigo Thomas for Alfred Cart de Lafontaine who bought the estate in 1891.

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View of two statues at the end of the rectangular pool with water lilies in the Italian Garden at Compton Acres in Dorset

Compton Acres

Poole, Dorset

Created in 1920s by Thomas William Simpson, the garden reflects Simpson’s love of travel. There is a circular route around the garden which travels through Egypt, the sub-Tropics, Italy, America and Japan.

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Avenue of trees leading to Cranborne Manor House and Gardens in Dorset

Cranborne Manor House

Wimborne, Dorset

The Manor House is surrounded by its garden which was first laid out by John Tradescant in seventeenth century and restored in twentieth century by Lady Salisbury.

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View of sun light on the sea from the cliffs at Durlston Counrty Park

Durlston Country Park

Swanage, Dorset

Created by George Burt in nineteenth century, there are various walks along the coast with viewing platforms, benches and a Dell originally planted with ferns and hardy exotics.

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View from Highcliffe gardens to the beach and sea


Christchurch, Dorset

The house was built between 1831 and 1835 in Gothic Revival style by Charles Stuart, 1st Baron Stuart de Rothesay. Little remains of the garden although Dorset County Council is carrying out a restoration programme.

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Circular rose bed with Kingston Lacy house in distance

Kingston Lacy

Wimborne Minster, Dorset

After the destruction of Corfe Castle in the English Civil War, the Bankes family built Kingston Lacy in 1663. The garden was laid out in Franco-Dutch style but nothing of the original garden survives today.

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Circular flower beds with central feature in gardens at Kingston Maurward in Dorset

Kingston Maurward

Dorchester, Dorset

The thirty-five acre formal gardens lie within a parkland setting and include the Brick Garden, the Red Garden, the Crown Garden and two National Collections of Penstemon and Salvia.

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View over Parkland to Lulworth Castle in Dorset

Lulworth Castle

Wareham, Dorset

Originally built as a hunting lodge, the Castle has recently been restored. It sits within its own parkland but nothing of the earlier seventeenth century garden remains today.

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View from Terrace over Arts and Crafts garden at Mapperton in Dorset


Beaminster, Dorset

The garden was created by Mrs Ethel Labouchere in memory of her husband who died in 1916 and includes a Fountain Court, topiary, grottoes, Pool Garden and arboretum.

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Purple rhododendrons and shrubs in garden at Minterne in Dorset


Dorchester, Dorset

Minterne House was designed by Leonard Stokes in 1904-6 for Edward Henry Trafalgar Digby, 10th Baron Digby. It stands on the site of an earlier house within an eighteenth century landscape that was laid out by Admiral Robert Digby….

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View over lake at Sherborne Castle and Gardens in Gloucestershire

Sherborne Castle

Sherborne, Dorset

The formal gardens are situated near the Castle while a path round the lake leads to the Maple Garden, the Cascade, Pope’s seat, the Folly and the Clarevoire from where the New Castle can be seen over the water in one direction and the twelfth century Old Castle in the other.

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View over lake in the formal and semi-formal gardens at Springhead in Dorset


Shaftesbury, Dorset

Rolf Gardiner bought Springhead in 1931 with the aim of creating self-supporting communities returning to the land. His daughter Rosalind Richards has continued his work in music and the arts and runs courses from the house; Richards has also restored the garden.

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