Please note that Minterne Gardens are now closed for the winter

Stay at Minterne House

Why stay in Dorset


Located less than 2 hours from Bristol Airport, and with excellent rail connections, Dorset is the ideal base for exploring Southwest England. A place where rugged cliffs meet colourful gardens, forested hiking trails and quality country pubs, Dorset showcases some of the best England has to offer.

Be sure to check out …

  • Minterne Gardens: 27 acres of jaw-dropping Himalayan beauty
  • Cerne Abbas: home to the famous Cerne Giant
  • Sherborne: widely regarded as one of England’s most stunning towns
  • Dorchester: bursting with museums, history, shopping, and more
  • Jurassic Coast: a UNESCO World Heritage Site where history comes to life

Planning Your Stay


Situated in the heart of Dorset, with easy access to all of the top sights and attractions, Minterne Magna is the perfect place to stay. The historic country house was built in the early 1900s – an authentic reconstruction of the original seventeenth-century property, carrying forward many of the traditional features of the former building. The house has been in the Digby family since Admiral Robert Digby purchased the home in 1768. It was previously occupied by Winchester College, John Churchill (father of the first Sir Winston Churchill), and General Charles Churchill.

Today, Minterne House is the family home of Lord Henry Digby, who is opening up three beautiful accommodations to those wanting to explore the estate and experience local history.

The three properties – Lady Jane’s Apartment, the Pool House, and Manor Farmhouse – can be let individually, or as a group for up to 20 guests plus children. They each feature smart TVs and DVD players, comfortable beds, hypo-allergenic linens and fully equipped kitchens, along with WiFi and private WC facilities.

Every stay comes complete with a welcome basket of local cheeses, homemade bread, local chocolates/biscuits, ‘Dorsecco’ or wine, milk from the local dairy, and a selection of teas.

Manor Farmhouse

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Manor Farmhouse is a two-storey traditional country house nestled within the beautiful grounds of Minterne House. A haven of quiet relaxation, it’s the ideal place to leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind and immerse yourself in the peace and tranquillity of nature. Surrounded by greenery and with easy access to the iconic Himalayan gardens of Minterne House, Manor Farmhouse is a place where the whole family – including four-legged friends – can get away from it all.

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The Pool House

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A home away from home, the Pool House at Minterne Magna is a unique property that’s ideal for a relaxed getaway. Set overlooking Minterne’s heated outdoor swimming pool and tennis court, this cosy two-storey cottage is set within the beautiful grounds of Minterne House, with nature all around. With your own private entrance, plus access to the renowned Himalayan gardens, this dog-friendly property offers everything you need to enjoy a tranquil and peaceful holiday.

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Lady Jane’s Apartment

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Lady Jane’s Apartment is a luxurious 4* first-floor apartment set in a wing of historic Minterne House. Renowned as one of the most fascinating homes in Dorset, Minterne House brings together design trends from the Georgian and Elizabethan eras. Blending these styles with just a hint of gothic architecture, Minterne House is truly unique and eye-catching. The apartment presents a unique opportunity to join the current owner, Lord Henry Digby, in this incredible country manor.

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