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02 May 2019Sherborne Castle and Minterne Gardens
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Sherborne Castle and Minterne Gardens
Thursday 02 May 2019

Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 Sherborne Castle has been the home of the Digby Family since 1617.  The State Rooms reflect a glorious variety of decorative styles from the great periods of English history.  Fine furniture, family portraits and superb porcelain represent the tastes of the Digby family for over 400 years.  The gardens and pleasure grounds surrounding the 50 acre lake form a magnificent 'Capability Brown' landscape, with sweeping lawns, borders and majestic specimen trees.


Minterne House is reputed to be one of Dorset's best country houses and has one of the great gardens of England, with a mile of spectacular garden walks.  It has been owned by the Digby family since 1768.  The current house, built in 1904 by the 10th Lord Digby, contains a large historical collection of ancestral artefacts relating to both the Churchill and the Digby families.