Please note: This house does not offer free entry to Historic House members.
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Overview

Smedmore House is one of Dorset's finest Georgian manor houses.

Situated on the Jurassic coast, surrounded by extensive gardens and spectacular views of the sea and rolling hills, it is a very special place to relax and unwind. The charm of the house lies in its age and character. It's a very mellow and comfortable country house, moulded by many generations of the same family.

There are panelled rooms, a beautiful staircase and an elegant drawing room with views to the sea. The dining room has 18th-century plaster work and is decorated with over 100 blue Furstenburg plates. The furniture and portraits have been handed down through the generations and all add to the friendly, warm atmosphere of this beautiful manor house.

The house is available for weekends, holidays, weddings and celebrations and is particularly suited to that special "big" birthday.


Opening
Opening
Appointment

The House and Gardens are open to the public each year to help raise funds for local charities, please check dates.

Smedmore is open by appointment to groups. 

Please contact Laura Dugdale to arrange a visit. 

Contact on office@smedmorehouse.com or 0207 792 4565.

Alternatively, write to: High Spirits Events, 19 Leamington Road Villas,London W11 1HS

Find Us
Find us

Approx 10 miles from Wareham.

Turn right off the main Wareham/Swanage Rd A351 on leaving Wareham. It's marked Kimmeridge and then follow signs. The entrance to the house is on the left hand side just before Kimmeridge village.

Do not use SatNav. 

Nearest station Wareham (approx 10 miles) where there is good taxi cover.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Jurassic Cabs 01929 558119

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

Smedmore is open by appointment to groups. 

Light refreshments are provided, and lunch if booked as part of a private tour of the house.

Please contact Laura Dugdale to arrange a visit. 

Contact on office@smedmorehouse.com or 0207 792 4565.

Alternatively, write to: High Spirits Events, 19 Leamington Road Villas,London W11 1HS

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Invitation to Stay

Smedmore House is available for rental for Weekends, Holidays, Corporate events and all types of Celebration – it’s particularly good for multi-generational Big birthday parties and anniversaries.  It is let on an exclusive whole-house basis, and sleeps 16 people in 8 double bedrooms.  Normally clients want to self-cater but chefs, caterers and extra domestic help can all be arranged if wanted.

The charm of the house is its age and character, with family sized rooms, panelling, library shelves and antique furnishings, all well lit by large windows. It has the timeless, comfortable atmosphere of a well-loved family home.

The furniture in the house has been handed down through the generations and there are Dutch seventeenth-century pictures and ancestral portraits on the walls.  The dining room, which seats 20, has eighteenth-century plaster-work and walls hung with over 100 blue Furstenberg plates.   The elegant Drawing Room has an open wood fire while the Cedar Room, for family sitting, has satellite TV and there is broadband in most rooms.

Bedroom One

Bedroom One has a large double bed and stunning views through the huge bay window. It is an extremely spacious room with an en-suite bathroom.

Bedroom Two
Bedroom Two is a twin room and overlooks the front of the house with sea views.
Bedroom Three

Bedroom Three was formerly a dressing room, and now contains twin beds with canopy. This room is also connected to Bedroom Two through a door which if requested can be unlocked.

Bedroom Four

Bedroom Four is the Principal Bedroom and used as the Bridal Suite by the wedding clients.  It has spectacular views and an enormous King sized bed, with an en-suite bathroom. The entrance vestibule allows external access to the bathroom if required, along with the entrance to Bedroom Three.

Bedroom Four

 

Bedroom Five

Bedroom Five is decorated in warm tones and has a painted king sized bed, with views over the walled garden.

Bedroom Five

 

Bedroom Six

Bedroom Six has a King sized zip and link bed which can be used as either a double or a twin. Bedrooms Five and Six share the Blue Bathroom, a huge bathroom in a traditional style with quirky original features.

 

Weddings

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Bridal suite
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Guest parking
  • Wedding planner
  • Accessible parking

The grounds have several beautiful spots for the ceremony, there is almost unlimited space for marquees and tents, and hundreds of beautiful backdrops for photos. Even an outdoor wedding in a heavy thunderstorm couldn’t stop us having an amazing time at Smedmore.

Bride and Groom


Accommodation

The charm of the house is its age and character, with family sized rooms, panelling, library shelves and antique furnishings, all well lit by large windows which let in the sunshine.

The furniture in the house has been handed down through the generations and there are Dutch 17th-century pictures and ancestral portraits. The house is centrally heated by an oil-fired boiler and there are two open fireplaces.

The dining room has eighteenth-century plaster-work and walls hung with over 100 Furstenberg plates, it seats 20 or more.The Cedar Room boasts a satellite TV and wireless Broadband is provided in most rooms. There is a modern kitchen paved with Mexican stone tiles , with a table seating ten, two 4-ring hobs and two ovens.

The 8 bedrooms at Smedmore House are comfortably furnished with a good bedroom to bathroom ratio. Many rooms benefit from spectacular views, and offer great flexibility for family groups with several interconnecting rooms available.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Smedmore House is open to corporate groups. 

Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Breakfast
  • Accessible toilets
  • Team building activities
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Lunch
  • Plentiful parking
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments

Opening
Opening
Appointment

The House and Gardens are open to the public each year to help raise funds for local charities, please check dates.

Smedmore is open by appointment to groups. 

Please contact Laura Dugdale to arrange a visit. 

Contact on office@smedmorehouse.com or 0207 792 4565.

Alternatively, write to: High Spirits Events, 19 Leamington Road Villas,London W11 1HS

Find Us
Find us

Approx 10 miles from Wareham.

Turn right off the main Wareham/Swanage Rd A351 on leaving Wareham. It's marked Kimmeridge and then follow signs. The entrance to the house is on the left hand side just before Kimmeridge village.

Do not use SatNav. 

Nearest station Wareham (approx 10 miles) where there is good taxi cover.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Jurassic Cabs 01929 558119

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

Smedmore is open by appointment to groups. 

Light refreshments are provided, and lunch if booked as part of a private tour of the house.

Please contact Laura Dugdale to arrange a visit. 

Contact on office@smedmorehouse.com or 0207 792 4565.

Alternatively, write to: High Spirits Events, 19 Leamington Road Villas,London W11 1HS

Other opening


Smedmore House's history and features

The original Grade 2* Smedmore House was constructed in about 1610 and is recorded in A Survey of Dorsetshire in about 1620 as “ a little newe house and beautified with pleasant gardens”.  Around 1700 the Queen Anne garden façade was built by Edward Clavell, possibly with money made in Bengal by his father Walter Clavell. In 1760 two elegant Georgian bays were added to the north west front.  The Dutch furniture and paintings were inherited from the last English descendant of a general of William III, Godart van Ginkel, Earl of Athlone, victor of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, which established Protestant supremacy in Ireland. There is also a chair used by Napoleon whilst on St Helena, given to Col. John Mansel who was in the island garrison. To the east of the house is an arched Georgian stable building, now turned into a flat and workshops.

In 1953 A L Rowse called Smedmore “very virginal and lovely, waiting at the end of the road beyond which there is no further. It is a dream of a place…”. In the words of historian and biographer Lord David Cecil, “Smedmore combines in a very special way the charms of the homely and the romantic”. The rooms “are in the highest degree welcoming and reassuring…. They invite the visitor to relax…..the windows let in the romance of the Purbeck hills and the open sea with, on the south west, a pretty, pensive garden…  Smedmore is breezy, friendly and romantic, fresh with the smell of the sea”.