Dorset Country House Tour: Fiddleford Mill, Lecture by Bob Machin. Visit to :The Manor House: Sandford Orcase, Mapperton House, The Manor House:Cranborne, Inwood.

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  • 19-23 September 2011 - 09:00 until 17:00

Un-escorted Visit:Fiddleford Mill Monday 19th September 2011 10:00am-6:00pm

A grade 1 listed building, the Mill forms a scene that has changed very little over the centuries. Connected to a very early manor house dating back to the 1370s, The mill has the possibility for a very picturesque walk around its grounds. Starting the tour of Dorset House with a visit to this late medieval 'hall and cross-wing' house. The house is the only Manor House in the U.K to be run by the same family that build it in the 1600s. It promises to be a must see and to provide a relaxing few days with beautiful gardens and a portrait of Charlies I in the gallery. 

The location is close to where the lecture is later being held so would make a good late afternoon visit beforehand or alternatively on a different day. A guide leaflet will be sent to all those coming on the tour.

Lecture-The Dorset Houses of the Art Fund tour  Monday 19th September 2011 6:00pm.

The venue for the lecture will be at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Michael de Pelet as they have kindly let us use their house for the evening. There will be a wine reception followed by a lecture. The lecturer will be the inquisitve Bob Machin, the Bristol University History tutor for Dorset. Bob loves to ask questions about buildings around us and their history, making him the perfect person to discuss the houses that we are going to see with these questions in mind. Afterwards will be supper at the Kings Arms, Charlot Horethorne.

The Manor House, Sandford Orcas. Tuesday 20th Septemeber 2011, 10:30am.

The Manor House, Sandford Orcas, has been home to only two families since being built in the 1530s. There will be a tour by the owner Sir Mervyn Medlycott Bt whose family have been there for over 250 years. Walk the gardens and take note of their speciman trees. Be careful, however as the house is renowned for being haunted by ghosts. 

Visit: Mapperton House Wednesday 21st September 2011 2:00pm for 2:15pm

Recently voted the 'the nations finest Manor House' Mapperton House is perhaps most famous for its Italianate gardens laid out in the 1920s, the valley garden of the Mapperton House is one of the most beautiful in Dorset. Not much remains of the original 1540s house as the plague in 1665 had severe effects on the area, leaving the house in ruins. The house was the rebuilt and also had some later eighteenth century additions.  Our visit will include a tour of the house, tea and a chance to wander around the gardens.

Visit: The Manor House Thursday, 22nd September 2011 10:00am

Originally  built as a hunting lodge for King John, Cranborne was granted to the first Earl if Salisbury in the very early seventeenth century.In the twentieth century successive Lord Cranbornes , heirs to the Marquess of Salisbury, decided to live in the house and created what is there today. It has never been open to the public before and we are indebted to Lord Cranborne, who is sending Robin Harcourt-Williams from Hatfield to show us round. Also included a guided visit to St. Mary and St. Bartholomew, which has some early murals.

Meet in the tea room of Cranborne Gardens at 10:00am before going to the house at 10:30am.

Visit:Inwood Friday 23rd September 2011 2:00pm

A book should be written about the history of Inwood and its inhabitants. This nineteenth century house was largely created from great houses demolished in Piccadilly London. It contains some most extraordinary collections of small items all beautifully displayed. There are good pictures and furniture together with some original nineteenth century wall coverings. Our visit will end with a magnificant tea.


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Dorset Country House