The church and surrounding land at Nether Cerne was originally owned by the Monks of St Stephen's Caen and subsequently Cerne Abbey until the Reformation. Nether Cerne Manor is a late 17th century flint manor house with some early 18th century and later additions, beautifully located in the lush and tranquil Cerne valley. Our owner-led tour of the house will be followed by a guided visit to the Grade I listed 13th century church which has a stone tower topped with pinnacles and vigorously carved angel-gargoyles and contains an unusual melon-shaped twelfth-century font bowl, probably from an earlier church here.
Minterne House has been the home of the Churchill and Digby families since 1620 and is now the seat of the 13th Baron Digby. This magnificent Edwardian house contains many interesting paintings and mementoes of its past residents including the Churchill Tapestries. Minterne is situated in the heart of Hardy's Dorset with stunning views of the surrounding 1300 acre estate. The 18th century landscaped Himalayan garden lies in a tranquil valley and is laid out in a horseshoe below the house with a water garden containing cascades and streams and a unique collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias, many of which are deciduous and will be showing off their Autumn colour throughout our guided tour of the gardens. There will also be an opportunity to visit the late medieval St. Andrew's Church which is located at the entrance to the estate.