- Bullers Way, Abbotsbury, Near Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4LA
Established in 1765 by the first Countess of Ilchester as a kitchen garden for her nearby castle. Developed since then into a magnificent landscape with 20 acres of rare and exotic plants from all over the world. Many of these plants were first introductions, brought to this country by the planting descendants of the Countess.
Open all year except over Christmas and New Year.
18 miles | 35 minutes from Summer Lodge.
T: +44 (0) 1305 871387
- Barrington, near Ilminster, TA19 0NQ
Beautiful Gertrude Jekyll-inspired gardens, kitchen gardens and beautiful manor house. The echoes of the past haunt this Tudor manor house so beautifully restored in the 1920s by the Lyle family. They lived in style, installing a sprung dance floor (the winding mechanism can still be seen under the sweeping main staircase). What were once cow yards, pens and fields became delightful flower gardens, their design influenced by Gertrude Jekyll. The working stone-walled kitchen garden produces a variety of wonderful fruits and vegetables, which can be enjoyed in the restaurant, while the arboretum delights visitors with vivid autumn hues. A wonderful place to relax and refresh the senses.
22 miles | 37 minutes from Summer Lodge
T: +44 (0) 1460 241938
- Parterre At Keyneston Mill, Tarrant Keyneston, Dorset, DT11 9HZ
Keyneston Mill Botanic Gardens lie in the Tarrant Valley, bordered by the River Stour. The gardens have been designed in “compartments” each featuring plants from a different perfume family. Their popular workshops unveil the secrets behind the history of perfume and its creation. You can even go away with a fragrance you have blended yourself.
At The Scented Botanist, their contemporary bistro-café, they strive not only to bring you great quality food in a beautiful environment, but also to create menus which are adventurous, inspiring and wonderfully fragrant!
Open daily except Tuesdays, 10am-4.30pm
30 miles | 47 minutes from Summer Lodge
T: +44 (0) 1258 456831
Lytes Cary Manor
- Near Somerton, Somerset, TA11 7HU
An intimate medieval manor house with a beautiful Arts and Crafts garden where you can imagine living. Originally the family home of Henry Lyte, where he translated the unique Niewe Herball book on herbal remedies, lovingly restored in the 20th century by Sir Walter Jenner. The garden rooms contain a magical collection of topiary and herbaceous borders, while tranquil walks on the estate take you along the River Cary. To complete your visit, take a stroll among the community allotments and discover their creative and colourful designs.
18 miles | 30 minutes from Summer Lodge
T: +44 (0) 1458 224471
- Minterne Magna, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7AU
Built on the site of an earlier house, with an 18th century landscape created by Admiral Robert Digby in the manner of Capability Brown who was working at nearby Sherborne Castle at the time. The gardens are laid out in a horseshoe overlooking a valley with lakes and cascade. Late 19th century rhododendron and azalea collection from Hooker's expedition. Early 20th century trees and shrubs introduced from Wilson, Forrest, Rock, Farrer and Kingdom Ward expeditions to the Himalayas.
Open daily 1st March to 31st October, 10am - 6pm
7 miles | 24 minutes from Summer Lodge
T: +44 (0) 1300 341370
- Farm Street, Tintinhull, Somerset BA22 8PZ
The garden, complete with working kitchen garden and orchard, lies in the charming village of Tintinhull, Somerset. Glittering pools, secluded lawns, colourful borders and clipped hedges provide the perfect spot to relax and unwind away from the hustle and bustle.
See website for details of times and prices
16 miles | 28 minutes from Summer Lodge
T: +44 (0) 1935 823289
Athelhampton House & Gardens
- Athelhampton, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7LG
The stone built house dates from 1485, with further building and modification in the centuries that followed. These include a series of formal gardens designed by Inigo Thomas in 1891 with further, partially implemented, planting plans by Thomas Mawson in about 1904. Sir Robert Cooke restored and extended the gardens in the 1960's and 1970's with planting advice and specimens from Sir Harold Hillier in 1960's.
See website for details of times and prices.
19 miles | 30 minutes from Summer Lodge.
T: +44 (0) 1305 848363
Forde Abbey Historic House & Gardens
- Chard, Somerset TA20 4LU
30 acres of gardens with a cascade of ponds, including the highest powered fountain in England, surround this 12th Century former monastery. Herbaceous borders, Bog Garden, Rockery, mature Arboretum and working walled kitchen garden. Plantings and landscaping date from early 18th century.
Gardens open daily
16 miles | 35 minutes from Summer Lodge
T: +44 (0) 1460 220231
- Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8PY
An 18th century mansion with contemporary parkland and pleasure gardens. The estate was purchased in 1914 by Sir Cecil Hanbury, whose father created La Mortola in Italy. The formal gardens consist of a matrix of small gardens, each with its own theme. Lakeside walks and a delightful walled garden. National Collections of Penstemon and Salvia.
Garden and Animal Park open daily 10am-5.30pm 5th Jan to 21st Dec
15 miles | 25 minutes from Summer Lodge
T: +44 (0) 1305 215000
- East Lulworth, Dorset BH20 5QS
Lulworth Castle was built as a hunting lodge with an extensive deer park, featuring archaeological remains of a complex 17th century formal garden. It includes what is possibly England’s earliest baroque garden. The 17th century walled kitchen garden survives. The estate has been in continuous occupation by the Weld family since 1641. 19th century landscaping with lake completed 1850 with the Fort and a folly.
Open most days throughout the year, although closed most Saturdays; see website for details of times and prices.
30 miles | 60 minutes from Summer Lodge
T: +44 (0) 1929 400352
- Beaminster, Dorset DT8 3NR
The house dates from the 16th century but was enlarged early to mid-17th century and partly remodelled in the mid-18th. Formal gardens were created in a valley to the east of the house by Mrs Labouchere in 1927 and modified since 1955. Three terraces with 1960s orangery, topiary yews, pergola and lily pond leading to less formal area planted with ornamental shrubs and fine views over the landscape. 17th century summer house and fishponds.
Open daily 1st March to 31st October, 11am - 5pm
6 miles | 23 minutes from Summer Lodge
T: +44 (0) 1308 862645
- Montacute, Somerset TA15 6XP
Montacute House is a magnificent, glittering mansion, built in the late 16th century for Sir Edward Phelips. There are many renaissance features, and the Long Gallery, the longest of its kind in England, displays over 60 of the finest Tudor and Elizabethan portraits from the National Portrait Gallery collection. The state rooms display a fine range of period furniture and textiles, including samplers from the Goodhart collection. Montacute's formal gardens are perfect for a stroll and include a collection of roses, mixed borders and famous wobbly hedges. Waymarked walks lead around the wider estate, which encompasses St Michael's Hill.
See website for details of times and prices
14 miles | 26 minutes from Summer Lodge
T: +44 (0) 1935 823289
Sculpture by the Lakes
- Pallington, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8QU
Described as one of the most beautiful and unique sculpture parks in the United Kingdom, Sculpture by the Lakes marries the soft beauty of nature’s wild river landscape with the more formal presentation of monumental outdoor sculpture. A fantastic place to visit during your stay at Summer Lodge.
See website for details of times and prices. Pre-booking is required.
19.2 miles | 34 minutes from Summer Lodge
T: +44 (0) 1935 823289 E: email@example.com