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Lovely visit.

Lovely, interesting house with an interesting history. Charming owner which made our visit so much... read more

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Superb house...Well hidden gem...still lived in

If you don't know the area it's not easy to find. It is situated on the B3147 just before it joins... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2018
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A37, Charminster DT2 9QN, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Lovely, interesting house with an interesting history. Charming owner which made our visit so much more interesting with tales of his ancestors.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 20 September 2018

If you don't know the area it's not easy to find. It is situated on the B3147 just before it joins the A37. It is tucked down an unclassified road along which are cattle grids. There is ample car parking. The house is part medieval...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MegDorset
Reviewed 24 July 2018

The directions given to find this place are incorrect so we ended up following a deeply rutted track which was actually the back way in. So we did eventually find the right way in which was only marginally better, through a meadow on another rutted...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 7 July 2018

This has limited opening hours, and not a lot of publicity, so it is not as well known as it deserves to be. That's a shame, but at least it is not swamped by visitors. And because it is not National trust, it lacks the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank ihbScotland
Reviewed 21 June 2018

Visited with a group of 15 WI ladies on a group tour followed by an excellent cream tea . Everyone found the house and its history really interesting, particularly the family stories recalled to us by Captain Nigel Thimbleby, descendant and current owner. A very...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Hillie2014
Reviewed 19 June 2018

This was our first trip using our new Historic Houses membership and we were not disappointed. These houses are privately owned so not supported by the likes of National Trust who would undoubtedly had restored this very interesting and historical building. It is in need...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank RichardEWatts
Reviewed 13 June 2018

It’s a beautiful house, dating in parts from the late medieval period with later additions, in a beautiful setting by the water meadows. Turn off the A37 and drive slowly up the rutted track, over the cattle grids and edge carefully past the sheep, who...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Soupdragon56
Reviewed 18 October 2017

This is a fine medieval Elizabethan manor house lying in water meadows, much embellished in 1560 with splendid plasterwork and panelling. The medieval gate house has two unmatched towers. There is also a chapel and cyder house. The owner Captain Thimbleby gave a very informative...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Mac42
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

This house is a real gem. Clearly the property is in need of on-going restoration but that does not detract in any way from the charm and beauty of this beautiful building. Captain Thimbleby is a gracious and interesting host, who seemed to give all...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Philip G
Reviewed 3 September 2017

This is our 2nd visit having visited many years ago, first time we came in by a farm at the rear so do look at the signs on the way out of Dorchester before the roundabout rather than trust your SAT NAV. We were given...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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