Please note: This house does not offer free entry to Historic House members.
For alternative options please see other opening options.

Other opening

Overview

St Giles house lies in Wimborne St Giles on the southern edge of Cranborne Chase. The River Allen rises nearby, and in old documents the village was known as Upwimborne, along with Upwimborne Malmayne and Up Plecy.

St Giles is a family house with a long and rich history spanning over 400 years, inspiring generations of people who have had influence on the world around them. In recent times an award winning restoration has seen it brought back to life and become a family home once again.

St.Giles House fell into a period of disrepair following the Second World War and appeared on the English Heritage “Buildings at Risk” register.  In 2010 we embarked on a project to bring the house back to life. What started as a simple plan to move the family back into the house developed into a full 5 year restoration project that is still ongoing.

 

Whether you are visiting the house for a wedding or event or staying as a guest in our on-site accommodation you are very welcome.

 Level Access

Both the house and Riding House accommodation are accessible to wheelchair users.

We have sloped gravel paths leading up to St Giles House, a portable ramp that allows access to the house and a lift that serves all the floors.

At the Riding House guests have a purpose-built room that is directly accessed from the parking area. Designed with wide doors and a wheelchair accessible wet-room and toilet. Our guest room and ground floor communal dining area are fully accessible.

Our accessible guest room also has a mezzanine bed, enabling a carer (if required) to be close at hand to offer support.

On arrival guests with additional needs will be met and shown to their room. Help is at hand to carry any luggage. We request that guests with additional needs complete an emergency evacuation plan to enable staff to meet their needs and ensure their safety.

 Visual

Please be aware for guests with a visual impairment that not all doors and walls have a high colour contrast and that parts of the venue and accommodation have low lighting levels.

We currently don’t have information available in Braille but we can provide large print format.

 Hearing

For guests that are hearing impaired we can provide an Agrippa alarm to alert you if the fire alarm sounds.

All our TVs have subtitles.

Please be aware that there is limited mobile signal at St Giles House, but guests and visitors can access our free Wi-Fi.

 Parking

There is a drop-off point at the main entrance at St Giles House and at the entrance from the Stable Yard, at the Riding House.

Free parking is provided in the Walled Car Park and guests accept that they park their vehicles at their own risk.

Path to main entrance

From the Riding House to the main house, there is level access. The path is sloped and it’s 990mm wide or more.


Opening
Opening

The house is open by arrangement for groups only (minimum 30 per group). We run a number of events, which are listed on our website.

£30.00 + VAT per head to include tour of St Giles House. Tea and coffee included. Upgraded prices available to include lunch.

Appointment

The house is open by arrangement for groups only (minimum 30 per group). We run a number of events, which are listed on our website.

Find Us
Find us

St Giles House is located at Wimborne St Giles in East Dorset in England between Wimborne and Cranborne, approx. 1 mile off the B3078 Cranborne road on the B3081.

The nearest Train station is Salisbury.
The nearest Coach Station is Ringwood
Local buses or taxis available from both to bring you to the nearest town which would be Verwood.
There are no local buses available to the village from Verwood only taxis.

The approved cycle path is the 'Three Counties Cycle Route'. Find out more here.

Parking

  • Free parking

Taxi

Verwood Taxis 01202 822282

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Guide dogs welcome

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

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Upcoming Stays

Invitation to Stay

Our accommodation based in the 17th century Riding House and Grooms Cottage allows guests to escape into a land of luxury and charm. This experience will not be matched elsewhere as we have restored the buildings within the grounds of St Giles House while maintaining its history.

Each bedroom contains an elegant bathroom and has been designed to perfection, ensuring that no detail has been missed. The uniqueness of our establishment is there for all to see as some of the Riding House rooms have been converted from stables into deluxe spaces. Within the building, there is a lounge and bar upstairs, ideal for families or groups of friends looking to relax. Downstairs, delicious cuisine can be lovingly prepared by the Estate’s in-house, cook bringing all your guests together in informal surroundings.

East and West Pepperpot Lodges boast a delightful and unique space set in the stunning grounds of St Giles House. A haven of peace and tranquillity, they are the perfect couple’s getaway and ideal for exploring Dorset’s countryside.

Each lodge has a country-style kitchen for a self-catering experience, cosy lounge with wood burner (plenty of logs), smart TV and luxurious double bed with Egyptian bedding. Park your car right outside the lodge, sit and enjoy the beautiful countryside on the patio and maybe even take a walk around the village.

View our two accomodation offers

The Riding House
The Riding House

 

The Riding House

 

The Riding House

 

The Riding House

 

The Riding House

 

 

Weddings

St Giles House provides an unforgettable experience for you and your loved one to marry in a truly stunning setting full of history. Surrounded by fireplaces and old master paintings, you can be married in any of the principle rooms in the house seating up to 120 guests.Providing you sign the register indoors you can choose the rest of your ceremony to be under the clouds anywhere in the park and let nature be your muse. A feast is provided for you and your guests by our caterers, who are committed to providing the finest cuisine.

The Evening Reception can then be enjoyed in our award winning basement club complete with state of the art light and sound system and a speakeasy style bar.

 

Facilities

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

"We had the most magical weekend from start to finish and we couldn’t have done it without you. Our guests were bowled over by the venue, it really was the most spectacular place to start married life!" - Alex and Josh 25th May 2018

"Thank you so much it really was the best day of our lives and everyone thought the house was beautiful and loved the surprise of going down stairs for the evening. The whole day felt very seamless as it was all in one venue .Pretty much every single guest commented on what a stunning venue it was!" - Gemma and Matt 5th June 2018


Accommodation

At the Riding House we have used a sensitive approach in dealing with the historic fabric to allow the building's roots as a horse stables to be celebrated throughout. This creates a completely unique living experience.

The rooms, some of them stables, have been carefully converted into cosy living spaces, all with luxurious bathrooms and a high attention to detail. All bedrooms have roll top baths, separate large power showers and king size beds.

The upstairs has a wonderful open lounge space and bar for relaxing with your friends, and downstairs a large dining room space for dinners and breakfasts.The Riding House is available with catered or self-catered options.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Whether holding a workshop for employees or entertaining clients over lunch or dinner, we have several rooms that are flexible and can be adapted to suit your needs

At St Giles House there is ample room to display art and photography and let the space showcase your work to its best potential. We love working with artists and creative people so let us know how we can support you.

 

 

Facilities

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

"On behalf of all the team here at Liz Lean PR we wanted to thank you for such a truly successful event, which was mainly down to the staff at St Giles house" 9th October 2018


Opening
Opening

The house is open by arrangement for groups only (minimum 30 per group). We run a number of events, which are listed on our website.

£30.00 + VAT per head to include tour of St Giles House. Tea and coffee included. Upgraded prices available to include lunch.

Appointment

The house is open by arrangement for groups only (minimum 30 per group). We run a number of events, which are listed on our website.

Find Us
Find us

St Giles House is located at Wimborne St Giles in East Dorset in England between Wimborne and Cranborne, approx. 1 mile off the B3078 Cranborne road on the B3081.

The nearest Train station is Salisbury.
The nearest Coach Station is Ringwood
Local buses or taxis available from both to bring you to the nearest town which would be Verwood.
There are no local buses available to the village from Verwood only taxis.

The approved cycle path is the 'Three Counties Cycle Route'. Find out more here.

Parking

  • Free parking

Taxi

Verwood Taxis 01202 822282

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Guide dogs welcome

Other opening


A word from the owner

Life at the house is vibrant and exciting. We live with our three children and host events every weekend, including concerts midweek. The house has a warm and friendly atmosphere and even though it's grand in scale it is very much a family-home feeling.

Things to See

Fun Facts

St.Giles House has been the home to important politicians and philosophers. The First Earl of Shaftesbury was the founder of the Whigs, the first political party in the UK, and his close friend and secretary was the philosopher John Locke, who spent many years living at St.Giles. The First Earl's grandson was the philosopher, Third Earl of Shaftesbury, who had a huge impact on the Enlightenment and 18th Century thought across Europe. Later the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury became one of the nations great social reformers and is commemorated in Piccadilly Circus by the statue of 'Eros'. The family also has a strong connection with music and the arts and the composer Handel was a visitor.