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Overview

Deans Court is an ancient house with fine Georgian facades, set in romantic gardens. It was formerly a Saxon monastery and has only had two owners in 1,300 years.

The current owner's family has lived here for 500 years and the long run of ancestral portraits provides the backdrop for a remarkable example of private heritage.

The garden features a large monastic fishpond, an historic walled permaculture garden, chalk stream, herb garden, orchard, apiary and mature trees.

Deans Court is a beautiful and romantic venue for weddings, events, film & photo shoots.  Amenities include holiday lets a destination homestore and a health food cafe supplied with produce from the kitchen garden.


Opening
Opening

2019

National Garden Scheme Openings 2019

Tuesday, 7th May 2019
Tuesday, 18th June 2019
Opening Times: 11am to 5pm

PUBLIC OPENINGS 2019

Bank Holiday Weekends in May and August: Sunday & Mondays
Every Thursday from 9th May to 8th August (inclusive) and one Friday, 16th August.
And ten Sundays throughout the summer

May: 5, 6, 9, 16, 23, 26, 27, 30
June: 2, 6, 13, 20, 23, 27, 30
July: 4, 7, 11, 18, 25
August: 1, 4, 8, 11, 16, 18, 25, 26

All tour times: 10:00am, 11:30am and 13:00pm.

Meet at pedestrian gate, end of Deans Court Lane (BH21 1EE) - regret no parking, no dogs. Tours are approx. 1h 20m, limited to 20 persons only, on a strictly first come basis (no pre-bookings).

Find Us
Find us

Lying on the Southern edge of Wimborne Minster (off the A31) in the Stour Valley. Easy access from the town centre by following the High Street to its junction with Deans Court Lane. 3-minute walk from the town centre. Follow yellow NGS signs to entrance on A349, Poole Rd, Wimborne (on NGS Tour Days Only).

Train: Poole Station, then bus to Wimborne Square (30 mins).

Coach: Ringwood, then taxi to Wimborne (20 mins).

Bus: From various local towns to Wimborne Square. Then a 3-minute walk from the Square.

Pedestrians: Enter via Deans Court Lane (BH21 1EE) 

Cars: Follow yellow NGS signs around the town's one-way system to the entrance on Poole Road (BH21 1QF). Free parking.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free
No parking on-site during public openings

Taxi

Apollo Private Hire 07962064794

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Open Days (Tours): Adult £8.00 / Concession £6.00

NGS Days: Adult £4/ Concession £6.00

Children under 16 free - not suitable for under 5s

Private Group Tours: £15.00

Well-behaved dogs on leads welcome Adults £5 | Concessions £4

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Group Visits
Group Visits

Extended private tours for special interest groups, approx. 1h 45m, can be booked all year round, with tea/coffee or lunch included.

Please contact us on (01202) 849314 or info@deanscourt.org.


A word from the owner

Deans Court was traditionally known as "The coldest house in Dorset". We installed the first central heating in three rooms in 2012 (but we still tend to live in the kitchen by the Aga). You're very welcome to visit, we hope you enjoy your tour.

Fun Facts
  • The house was built in the 8th century by King Ine of Wessex for his sister St, Cuthburga. It is the oldest surviving house in Wimborne, and the only one left standing after King Cnut sacked the town in 1015 AD.
  • Two huge American trees in the garden were planted by Thomas Hanham in 1607 after his journey to survey the east coast of America which resulted in the founding of Jamestown, the first English colony in the New World.
  • Among the smaller objects preserved in the house are a ring and a bullet. The Elizabethan ring was lost for two centuries and dug up in the garden in 1868. It was believed to posses magical powers. The bullet famously killed two men, Capt. John Hanham and Col. Hugh Crofton, murdered in 1861 by a disgruntled Irish private in their regiment. The public execution of the 18-year old private in front of 35,000 onlookers gave rise to the Irish Republican ballad "McAfferty's Lament".

Weddings at Deans Court


Weddings

The large, ancient gardens at Deans Court offer a romantic country venue for wedding receptions with on-site accommodation.

In a setting beside the Saxon fishpond with several acres of lawns around the Georgian house, guests can relax and play lawn games before settling into superbly catered meals in the marquee.

After dark the garden is theatrically transformed with lighting while guests dance, relax at the bar or chat around the firepits. Our strengths lie not only in laying on a visual feast.

The pretty holiday cottages, shepherd's hut and Gate House provide a variety of well-equipped places for the wedding party to stay on-site (up to 26 people).

With our highly organised Events Team we take away the stress of planning an elaborate event, and deliver a fun, relaxed, visually stunning and memorable day with every detail fine-tuned behind the scenes.

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Guest parking
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Accessible parking
  • Wedding planner
  • In-house catering

Accommodation

Deans Court offers a variety of venues for holidays, family celebrations and wedding parties - or any get-together where you may need to sleep from 4 to 26 people.

Our accommodation includes two rustic 18th-century cottages (one with a pretty Shepherd’s Hut) situated within the estate, and just outside the main entrance is the 7 bedroom Gate House. In the summer we offer camping in an idyllic meadow perched on a hill just outside Wimborne.

Guests can take advantage of the sustainable lifestyle on the estate. Eggs from our own pampered chickens, honey from our bees, fresh organic fruit & veg from the historic walled garden are all available and can be pre-ordered ready for your arrival. Logs from the estate woodland are supplied for the open fires, wood-burners and BBQs.

Any stay would not be complete without a visit to our shop & cafe - using as much produce from the walled kitchen garden as possible, you simply can't get a better taste of Deans Court than that! Dean Court lies on the edge of Wimborne Minster, an ancient market town with plenty of attractions. While only two hours from London, Wimborne is a gateway to the county of Dorset with its outstandingly beautiful countryside, as well as the famous Jurassic Coast.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

We offer fully catered spaces for corporate functions (conferences, workshops, entertaining) either in the house or in the marquee and garden.

In the house we can provide conference space for up to 30 people, and entertaining for up to 70 all year round.

In the marquee we can offer conference or entertaining for up to 200 during the summer.

Each event can be tailored to the client's requirements and can include an introductory talk from the owner, specially themed branding, music and bespoke entertainment and a wide range of catering options.

Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Plentiful parking
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Team building activities
  • Projector and screen
  • Lunch

Our corporate events attract a wide range of organisations from small or local enterprises to charities, law firms, PR Agencies, banks and national institutions. We enjoy tailoring each event to the client's requirements, but central to every function is the enjoyment and interest of a corporate event being hosted within a private heritage property.

Jonathan Cornish - Events Manager, Deans Court


School Visits