Minterne House & Gardens

Stunning Country House and Himalayan Garden in Dorset

Image courtesy of Vicki White Photography

Minterne House & Gardens

Stunning Country House and Himalayan Garden in Dorset

Minterne Gardens are now open (usual hours from 10am to 6pm).

Please observe the Notices in place during the Coronavirus situation:

  1. Please respect 2- Metre Social Distancing
  2. One -Way round the Garden only  
  3. Garden Loos will be closed.

Country Life every week looks at a house featured in Country Life’s unmatched archive of architectural content – Minterne Magna, Dorset.

Country Life every week looks at a house featured in Country Life’s unmatched archive of architectural content – Minterne Magna, Dorset.


  • Family £27.50
  • Single £17.50

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Photo Competition

‘Four Seasons’

Rules & Conditions

Photos must be taken at Minterne Gardens in the year 2020 from February 1st to November 8th, with the date clearly visible with the photo.

Entrants can submit up to three photos to our Facebook page Minterne Gardens or email as JPEGS to

Entrants under the age of 18 need the verifiable consent of a parent or guardian to enter.

All photos will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Composition
  • Originality
  • Suitability for inclusion in the Minterne Gardens calendar
  • Subject matter
  • Lighting

The photos will be judged by the Minterne photo competition team. The finalists shall appear in the Minterne Gardens Calendar 2021.

All entries must be the original work of the entrant and be the sole owner of copyright.

The entrant must also have obtained permission of any people featured in the photo or their parents/guardians if children under 16 are featured.

The CAFÉ ON THE TERRACE opens daily from Friday 20th March to end of October (weather permitting!)

Visitors can enjoy views over the lake and the valley while taking Afternoon Tea.

Light Lunches, Cream Teas & no end of delicious delights to tempt the palate.

Looking for an unique gourmet & garden experience? Have a look at Gourmet Garden Trails (GGT), plan their own bespoke gardens & gourmet themed itineraries. Aimed at independent travellers from Germany & The Netherlands.

Congratulations to all those newly engaged couples!

Minterne House is the perfect venue for your dream wedding.

Some dates still available for 2019 wedding bookings.


Candide is an app for gardeners to find inspiration and knowledge.

In the app, you’ll find places to visit, knowledge of what to plant in your garden and pictures from the community sharing what’s going on in their gardens.

Places and tours

Making plans to stay local or explore a new area? Use the Places map to explore and find out more details of gardens around the location.

Looking to buy plants this weekend? Then go to the map to browse garden centres and nurseries near you. You’ll also find all contact details and opening times.

To find gardens and gardens centres near you download our free map.


During JULY & AUGUST, we are offering Garden Entrance and a Light Lunch OR Cream Tea for £10.

What better way to spend a tranquil afternoon than wandering through a garden described as “a corner of paradise” and Voted as ‘One of the Ten Prettiest Gardens in England’ by The Times, followed by a Dorset Cream Tea?

Cream Teas, Cakes and Light Lunches are available and the Café also offers gluten & dairy free options. The Café is open daily (weather permitting) from 11am with last orders at 4.30pm. Dogs are welcome in the outside dining area (providing they are on leads).

A heritage house in an unequalled setting, Minterne House provides a unique family home as the venue for your special event, seminarwedding or wedding reception, Minterne offers boundless opportunities for entertaining and private dining for you and your guests.

You can visit the unique Himalayan gardens and wander ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ through Minterne’s wild woodland gardens and let the tranquility provide that perfect antidote to life’s stresses.

You can find out all about our latest news, jobs and upcoming events via our monthly blog or see ‘behind the scenes’ at Minterne and receive all of our latest offers via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Youtube channels.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us. We always welcome any feedback you may have.


Gardens Open Daily
10am – 6pm    *    1st February to 8th November    *    Admission Price £6.00 (Children under 12 Free)
Season Tickets Available Here

Dogs welcome on leads    *    Parking is FREE for visitors in the car park opposite St Andrews Church    *    Minterne currently offers a selection of cream teas (weather permitting - please phone ahead to confirm)    *    Please note: Unfortunately, Minterne Gardens feature many uneven surfaces and are therefore NOT SUITABLE for wheelchairs    *    Minterne House itself is a private residence and therefore not open to the public without prior consent.


“You supported our impression of English people’s extraordinary kindness!” Gesche and Martin from Germany


“Best Year Yet!” Jonathan E via TripAdvisor


“Wonderful gardens. Been back to this garden for at least the sixth time. Highly recommended.”


“Wonderful spring gardens” Ann A via TripAdvisor


“Minterne Gardens was a great recommendation and was a refreshing change from National Trust formality.”


“”This is our favourite place”


“Minterne Garden looking beautiful today, my first visit, still discovering Dorset after 36yrs!”


“Visited @Minterne_Garden, gorgeous place! Planned an hour, stayed an entireafternoon”


” We had a lovely walk round. Its very peaceful. Its set in beautiful surrounds. Make sure you read all the information on the way round, it is very interesting.”


“Very interesting plants and trees, water features and a small tearoom for refreshments make for a lovely way to spend an afternoon”