Gardens open 13th February - 9th November 2016, 10am-6pm, Admission £5. Dogs on lead. Restricted wheelchair access.


Henry & Sophie Digby

We are delighted to welcome you to Minterne House, home of the Churchill and Digby families since 1620. It is our pleasure to share with you this magnificent house, its history and unique gardens that lie in this tranquil valley setting in the heart of Dorset.

Henry & Sophie Digby



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A heritage house in an unequalled setting, Minterne House provides a unique family home as the venue for your special event, seminar or wedding. Minterne offers boundless opportunities for entertaining & private dining for you & your guests; our recommended caterers will take care of everything with exceptional, locally-produced food. Wander ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ through Minterne’s wild woodland gardens & let the tranquility provide that perfect antidote to life’s stresses.

A house for all seasons... 


A perfect setting for a perfect day, Minterne is an enchanting location for your wedding, offering a range of rooms for your Civil Marriage Ceremony, Wedding Reception or both. Exchange your marriage vows in The Trafalgar Hall with its magnificent barrel vaulted ceilings, or The Garden Room overlooking the south front lawns. Both are licenced to hold Civil Ceremonies, accommodating between 50 and 150 guests. Sample canapés & champagne with Minterne’s quintessential English landscape providing a stunning backdrop for a Spring or Summer wedding reception, with a marquee near the house for larger numbers. Host a winter wedding with an intimate candle-lit reception, with drinks by a roaring log fire in the Trafalgar Hall making your wedding day unforgettable.


Minterne Events Brochure... 


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BBC Gardeners World visit the Rhododendrons at Minterne Gardens in Spring 2014

The BBC Gardeners World TV programme visited Minterne in Spring 2014 to produce an lovely piece on the history of the Rhododendrons at Minterne. To view the piece please click here

Minterne Gardens captured by RHS Photographer of the Year on a YouTube slideshow...

In May 2014 we were lucky enough to have Josie Elias (Royal Horticultural Society Photographer of the Year 2012) make a short slideshow capturing the beauty of the Rhododendrons and the garden. To view the piece please click here

"Once in a generation..." Radio Solent Interview Thursday 20th March 2014

Click here to listen to the BBC Radio Solent interview with owner Henry Digby and head gardener Ray Abraham discussing the current early flowering Magnolia Campbellii in the gardens at Minterne. This astonishing display occurs every ten years and given the ideal recent weather conditions the gardens are looking truly amazing.Ray talks about the historic Rhododendron garden which is not to be missed - go now! This interview was first broadcast on Thursday  20th March 2014.

Homer Simpson vs. The Cerne Abbas Giant...

In July 2007, our neighbour the famous Cerne Abbas Giant had some unexpected company. The Giant is located a mile or so South of Minterne House, beside the beautiful village of Cerne Abbas in the middle of Dorset.



Gardens Opening Times


Gardens Open Daily 
13th February to
9th November
10am - 6pm

Admission Price £5.00
(Children under 12 Free)


Dogs welcome on leads.

NOT SUITABLE for wheelchairs.


Minterne House itself
is not open to the Public.


Minterne House Office
Telephone 01300 341370


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"I don't think you could improve our experience of the garden - peace - tranquility - beautiful weather (not down to you I know!) & informative boards and spaced seating areas - perfect. Maybe a map so we could choose a path before exploring!"