HOMES AND GARDENS TO VISIT IN WEST DORSET
Dorset has a huge choice of beautiful gardens to visit, many with historic houses and several of them a mere stone’s throw from Bridport.
A few miles from Yew Tree House and near to the Heritage Coast and Chesil Beach you will find the ever popular Abbotsbury Gardens set in 20 acres which has great displays of magnolias and rhododendrons in spring and early summer. The sheltered position of this garden enables it to support exotic sub-tropical planting as well as native plant species, giving it year round interest. Open all year, 7 days a week from 10am – 5pm, until 4pm in winter.
The countryside around Dorchester is known as ‘Hardy country’ and was the birthplace and the backdrop for much of Thomas Hardy’s life. You can visit Hardy’s Cottage, the house and garden where the famous author was born, now managed by the National Trust. Later, in 1885 he designed Max Gate the home he lived in for many years, now also open to visitors and managed by the National Trust.
Mapperton House and Garden is an award winning 19th Century Jacobean House and Gardens located in Beaminster, approximately 9 miles from Chideock. Country Life Magazine called it “The nation’s finest Manor House”. One part forms magnificent Italianate gardens with walkways dripping with wisteria, grottoes, stone ornaments and fountains. Another part leads to the wild garden with beautiful trees and shrubs.
All the houses and gardens open to visitors throughout Dorset can be found on the following website with full details for each location: Great British Gardens