Grade I Crichel House is one of Dorset's finest Georgian houses, a Classical Revival country house with an entrance designed by Thomas Hopper and interiors by James Wyatt. It is surrounded by 400 acres of parkland, which includes a crescent-shaped lake covering 50 acres. Its unusual design is substantially the result of the input of its late 18th century owner, Humphrey Sturt. In the past century, however, it has undergone three ambitious phases of neo-Georgian remodelling by his descendants, as well as a recent exemplary restoration by the current owner.

Following lunch in Cranborne, we will enjoy an informal tour of Edmondsham House, a fine Tudor Manor with Georgian additions which has remained within the ownership of the same family since the 16th century. Later, the Head Gardener will lead us around the gardens that include a large walled garden and sit within a 6-acre estate that includes a small 12th-century listed church.

Tickets £72 including two-course Gastro Pub Lunch followed by Tea or Coffee.

HISTORIC HOUSES MEMBERS ONLY.

Bookings open on 2 December at 9.00 am