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Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire

The exterior of Ivy's Cottage, Selworthy Green, Somerset  © Chris Lacey

The exterior of Ivy's Cottage, Selworthy Green, Somerset © Chris Lacey

No two days are the same across these three beautiful counties; from Wiltshire’s dreamy downland and the stone circles of Avebury and Stonehenge, Dorset’s coastal beauty and bucolic charms, and the wilds of Exmoor and Quantocks in Somerset – their wide open spaces and historical sites draws people back again and again.

The Jurassic Coast in Dorset, a World Heritage site, is just one of the special places to explore in Dorset. Some of the best bits are the romantic ruins of Corfe Castle, (which still seems to have a life of its own) the sweeping sandy beaches at Studland Beach and elegancy country mansion and art lover’s dream, Kingston Lacey.

Meanwhile, over in the rolling hills and wildflower meadows of Somerset we look after the historic Dunster Castle, which has views over Exmoor and the Bristol channel. Take a guided tour, catch the falconry displays, and try to arrive by steam train if you can.  In the north of the county we look after Tyntesfield, an extraordinary Victorian Gothic house with plenty of secret nooks and brimming with remarkable family stories.

The scenic paths, shaded glades, and surprising water grotto are just a few of the reasons to explore Stourhead in Wiltshire. The landscaped garden truly comes alive in autumn, when blazes of colour are reflected in its lake, but you’ll reap the rewards of a visit at any time of year. Another gem is the 18th century town house Mompesson House at Salisbury – a wonderful spot for afternoon tea and to get closer to the elegance of past times.