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

The first whispering days of autumn coolness bring in a shimmering wash of leaves and clear, bright mornings in the Cerne Valley.

With the appearance of this season, Minterne Gardens is hard to beat for its stunning array of colours on leaves, berries and barks.

Walking under the leafy shelter of Acers and passing the ancient Metasequoia which flank Cherry Tree Avenue, visitors will arrive at the Himalayan Hut, where they can contemplate the world at a distance while surrounded by the peace and tranquillity of this 27-acre wild, woodland garden.

Amongst Minterne Garden’s arboreal collection, feature some of the most glorious Acers –

One the island above Eleanor’s Bridge Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ and Acer cappadocicum provide autumnal reflections in the water.

Acer palmatum – we may be biased but nevertheless, think that the colour and shape is near perfection! Acer palmatum seedling – has been cultivated in Japan for centuries and in temperate areas around the world since the 1800s. The first specimen of the tree reached England in 1820.

Other notable trees worth a mention at Minterne Gardens – 

Cercidiphyllum japonicum which releases its delicious toffee fragrance into the air during the autumn. Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’ – often regarded as native in southern England, some evidence suggests it didn’t arrive here until about 4,000 BC. Liquidamber styraciflua – also known as American sweetgum, hazel pine, redgum, satin-walnut, star-leaved gum, alligatorwood or simply, sweetgum.

 Images Courtesy of Peter Bootton.


An Ideal Christmas Gift!

  • Family £27.50
  • Single £17.50

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The last day we are open is Sunday 11th November.


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    *    11th February to 11th 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”

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