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. Gardens loos are open.

CAFÉ ON THE TERRACE now open with social distanced seating and TAKEAWAYS.

Minterne Gardens MEAL DEAL from 1st October to 8th November: £10 for Garden Entry & a Light Lunch (Soup, Quiche or Pasty) Drinks NOT included.

Minterne House & Garden Wedding Offer

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🍁Autumn Fire Retreat🍁

5th-6th November, 2020

Taking the time to retreat, to make an outer and inner journey, is more important now than ever before. As the season changes and the world around us is in a period of transition, there is an opportunity to experience awakening to our Nature, and embracing a new way of being.

For the first time, Minterne House is offering this exclusive, short residential retreat; only five places are available due to current Government regulation, which brings with it a chance for a truly special and meaningful experience.

Dr Wendelin Morrison, a Meditation Teacher, Tibetan scholar and artist in the tradition of sacred Tibetan thangka, will lead you through practices and methods to awake to our potential for warm-hearted joy, happiness, and peace, with some dancing along the way!

Download the Autumn Fire Retreat Information here or email Wendelin on for further details


  • Family £27.50
  • Single £17.50

Buy Your Season Ticket Online Here

Emails to:

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.


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.



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 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.

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