Explore the stunning gardens surrounding this fine house in Dorset. The house has been the home of the Churchill's and Digby's family for the last 350 years. The first Sir Winston Churchill rented Minterne from Winchester College in 1660, and left it to his younger son General Charles Churchill. His widow then sold the house to Robert Digby.
The house is surrounded by wonderful gardens with good footpaths taking you to lakes, waterfalls and streams with delightful little bridges. Flora and fauna includes Himalayan Rhododendrons and Azaleas, Cherries, and Maples. The gardens are generally open daily between mid February and early November but check the website link below for more details.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could pick up the Wessex Ridgeway and follow it to the nearby Cerne Abbas Giant.
PostcodeDT2 7AU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Minterne Gardens Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Minterne Gardens Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Minterne Gardens OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Minterne Gardens Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head a few miles to the north west and you could visit the idyllic village of Evershot. The village has strong connections with Thomas Hardy and includes a noteworthy 16th century pub and walking trails to the nearby Melbury Park Estate. The Frome Valley Trail can also be picked up here and followed along the picturesque river to Maiden Newton and Dorchester.