Minterne House

Stunning country house & Himalayan garden in Dorset

Welcome to Minterne House


We are delighted to welcome you to Minterne House, home of the Churchill and Digby families since 1620. We are incredibly proud to be the current custodians of Minterne and it is our pleasure to share with you this magnificent house, its history and unique gardens that lie in this tranquil valley setting in the heart of Dorset.

We welcome you to visit the Himalayan gardens and let the tranquillity provide that perfect antidote to life’s stresses. Advanced booking for the gardens is not required.

The house isn’t open to the public, however we warmly welcome guests here for private events and weddings.

Minterne House History


Home to the first Sir Winston Churchill, the present House was built in 1905 and still contains the original Churchill tapestries and furniture. A younger son from Sherborne Castle, Admiral Robert Digby bought the house and valley on a ‘walk-in, walk-out’ basis ensuring everything in the house was retained. Steeped in Naval history, Henry Digby was Captain of the ‘Africa’ during the battle of Trafalgar. Many letters, paintings and prizes from that time are still at Minterne.

What's On: Gardens closed this Saturday!


This Saturday September 25th our gardens are closed to the public. They will reopen on Sunday 26th for your viewing pleasure, thank you.

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