Wolfeton is a fine Grade 1 listed mediaeval and Elizabethan house.
The original courtyard section of the current building dates back to about 1480 and the house was embellished around 1560.
Wolfeton has magnificent carved oak panelling, splendid plaster ceilings, grand fireplaces and unique stone great stairs. There are also fine pictures and furniture from the 17-century.
The gatehouse at Wolfeton House includes an inscription panel stating it was finished in 1534. It is 2 storeys high with an attic and has two round towers which are not identical in size. There is also an entrance archway and two unmatched and older towers.
Open to visitors Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from June to September.
June to September: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 2pm to 5pm.
The house is situated 1 1/2 miles from Dorchester on the B3147 just before it joins the A37, indicated by Historic House signs. (If you are approaching from the direction of Yeovil towards Dorchester, there is another way to reach us directly off the A37 if you come off at Weir View in Charminster).
(We are quite tucked away, so we advise visitors to avoid using SatNav!)
If you are coming by public transport, you can take the train to Dorchester south or Dorchester west and then take a taxi to the house.
Car park on site
Dorchester Taxi Service 01305 251666
Historic Houses members visit for free.
£8 per head.
We are ppen for groups by prior appointment throughout the year. Please call us on 01305 263500.
We would be delighted to speak to you about having your wedding at Wolfeton. Please get in touch.
The Gatehouse at Wolfeton is available for overnight stays.
Staying at this medieval gatehouse gives a true flavour of what life must have been like if you were lucky enough to warrant such lodgings. The Gatehouse once framed the approach to a grand forecourt and the great of many kinds have passed through it.
The accommodation is mainly on the first floor, reached by a wide and ancient spiral staircase made of oak. The corner turrets are called into service for kitchen and bathrooms.The two main rooms have Jacobean fireplaces, and turret rooms leading off them. A garret above and the guardroom below provide extra bedrooms. In winter, you can stoke up the fire, just as the Dorset nobility did hundreds of years ago.