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Set in some of Dorset’s most beautiful countryside, the peaceful village of Cranborne is off the beaten track and well served by two traditional inns, a well regarded restaurant with rooms, a village store, book shop and a garden centre with its own cafe.

The Manor House at the Cranborne Estate is home to Viscount Cranborne, eldest son of the 7th Marquess of Salisbury. Built in the 12th century as a hunting lodge for King John, the Manor House has, in its past, welcomed several monarchs who came to stay to enjoy the thrill of the hunt in the surrounding countryside.

Whilst the house isn’t open to the public, the 17th century gardens are open each Wednesday between 1st March and 30th September from 9am - 5pm (last entry 4pm). The profusion of shrubs and flowers, both cultivated and wild, offer colour and scents throughout the season and will delight any keen gardener.

Walkers may like to download the Estate walks leaflet which offers a choice of three walks around the Estate and village, with a map showing the routes and information about each one.

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