Wimborne | Dorset
Welcome to Deans Court, a beautiful private house and garden just a stone’s throw from the centre of Wimborne Minster, Dorset. Run by William and Ali Hanham, Deans Court has been in the Hanham family for nearly 500 years and today the estate hosts a wedding venue, vintage lifestyle shop and health-food café, holiday cottages & houses, organic produce grown in a walled kitchen garden and tours of the house and ancient gardens.
Scroll down to discover all we have going on and to learn about how you can get involved.
People & Place
Café & Home Store
Our home store and café are a thriving hub in the community of Wimborne. Housed in a converted squash court, the home store sells a selection of vintage and contemporary lifestyle products sourced from all over the world. The café, in a 1930s garage, serves a selection of healthy and delicious food made predominantly from produce grown in our kitchen garden.
Open Monday to Saturday. 10am – 5pm.
Enquiries & Booking: (01202) 849314
Sleep & Stay
2 holiday cottages, a 7-bedroom gatehouse, a shepherd’s hut and even a yurt. Whether you’re after a quiet getaway or a party weekend our holiday accommodation offers something for everyone. Situated on the Deans Court estate, yet within walking distance of Wimborne town centre and a 40 minute drive to Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, our holiday lets can accommodate a total of 28 people.
Visit & Learn
While Deans Court is not open to the public on a regular basis, there are plenty of opportunities throughout the year to visit and take part in the various activities here. If you would like to be kept informed about what’s going on, sign up below to receive occasional updates. (Don’t worry, you won’t be bombarded with hundreds of unwanted emails!)
Openings & Tours
Public Openings & Private Tours
Private tours for special interest groups can be booked all year round, with tea/coffee or lunch included.
The tour brings to life the 1,300-year story of a manor house at the centre of a rural English community. Beginning with an introduction to the history of the house and the Hanham family, visitors are guided through the rooms where 500 years of ancestral portraits still grace the walls. Visitors will experience the history of the house as it passed from the Saxon Church to a family of adventurers, politicians, churchmen and soldiers, before being lead round the ancient grounds and walled kitchen garden.
Garden Open Days (NGS)
Garden Open Days (NGS)
2016 openings: 25th May & 22nd June (11am to 5pm)
PEDESTRIANS: via Deans Court Lane (BH21 1EE)
CARS: Follow yellow NGS signs to Poole Road entrance (BH21 1QF). Free parking.
Adults £4; Concessions £3
Well-behaved dogs on leads welcome
Thursday 19th May
Wimborne Literary Festival
Natural History Day at Deans Court
10am - Edward A Pratt Wild Flowers of Purbeck, Brownsea & Sandbanks
11.30am - Chris Yates A Passion for Angling (walk)
11.40am - Dominic Couzens Tales of Remarkable Birds
2pm - Julian Hight World Tree Story
3.30pm - Steve Trewhella & Julie Hatcher Beachcombing & the Strandline
Tickets are available from Gullivers and from Westbourne Bookshop
Saturday 21st May
The Simple Things Supper Club
A cross between a dinner party and a restaurant. Expect delicious food from Flaming Peaches, a beautiful setting, good vibes and fun, creative company at our first supper club with The Simple Things. Tickets are limited, click below for more details and to book.
Tuesday 31st May
Needle Felting Workshop
10:00 - 12:30
Learn to make three toadstools to be made into key rings, a teacup pin cushion or jar terrarium.
All materials included except for teacups and jars which can be sourced by each guest.
Price of £20 includes step by step tuition, all materials as stated and light refreshments supplied by the delightful Deans Court cafe.
No previous experience necessary, recommended for ages 10 and above.
For information on any upcoming events
Held within the Deans Court grounds, our wedding marquee is situated in an idyllic spot overlooking our monastic pond, with the gardens illuminated at night. Our country weddings at Deans Court can be tailored to any requirement and our knowledge and expertise of the wedding industry means we take away all the stress and hassle that can sometimes come with planning a wedding, allowing you to enjoy a fun, relaxed and memorable day in a beautiful setting.
Events & Location Hire
The venue presents a wide range of opportunities for venue hire, from corporate and social events to photo shoots. Our events team can provide input and assistance with all the details on styling, sourcing and catering.
Events & Venue Hire
The Cottages, Shepherd’s Hut and Gate House provide perfect accommodation for a family or social occasion (sleeping up to 28 people).
The dining room in the main house can seat 25 for a sumptuous dinner that we can help to arrange.
To discuss, please contact Jonathan, our Events Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org or (01202) 849314