Deans Court


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Staying at our Holiday Houses

Deans Court offers a variety of venues for holidays, family celebrations and wedding parties - or any get-together where you may need to sleep from 4 to 26 people.
Our accommodation includes two rustic C18th cottages (one with a pretty Shepherd’s Hut) situated within the estate, and just outside the main entrance, the 7 bedroom Gate House and in the summer
Camping in an idyllic meadow perched on a hill just outside Wimborne.
Guests can take advantage of the sustainable lifestyle on the estate. Eggs form our own pampered chickens, honey from our bees, fresh, organic fruit & veg from the historic walled garden are all available and can be pre-ordered ready for your arrival. Logs from the estate woodland are supplied for the open fires, wood-burners and BBQs.
Any stay would not be complete without a visit to our
shop & cafe - using as much produce from the walled kitchen garden as possible, you simply can't get a better taste of Deans Court than that!
Dean Court lies on the edge of Wimborne Minster, an ancient market town with plenty of attractions. While only two hours from London, Wimborne is a gateway to the county of Dorset with its outstandingly beautiful countryside, as well as the famous Jurassic Coast.

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The Cottages

Apple & Plum

Apple and Plum are a pair of traditional 18th century cottages set within their own walled garden and adjoining orchard on the Deans Court estate. Recently redecorated the cottages have a contemporary yet homely feel. Chalk white walls, Farrow & Balls paints and reupholstered vintage furniture provide the perfect space in which to relax and unwind. Take a drink, or sketchpad, to the terrace and enjoy the view across the Stour Valley, where the cows browse on the meadow by the cricket pitch and the towers of Wimborne Minster hover above our ‘crinkle-crankle’ kitchen garden wall.

Apple has an Inglenook fireplace, Plum an elm table for ten – perfect if you take both cottages together. Sisal carpets lead to simple, beautiful bedrooms where linen blinds frame the meadow views. Modern, fully equipped country kitchens making cooking easy and fun, especially if you pre-order one of our Deans Court produce baskets. These include honey from our apiary, home-laid eggs from our free-range chickens and organic fruit and vegetables grown in our kitchen garden. Both cottages sleep 6, however Plum has a special twist, and the third bedroom is in the cosy, converted Shepherd’s Hut in its garden.

Although within the Deans Court estate the cottages are only a 5-minute walk into Wimborne town centre and half an hour drive from the Jurassic Coast and blue flag beaches of Sandbanks and Bournemouth.

Plum Cottage (sleeps 4 + 2 in the Shepherd’s Hut)…
    Upstairs: One double-bedroom, one large twin bunk-bed hand-built for adults / children and a bathroom
    Downstairs: Large sitting room with wood burner, kitchen, and a separate w/c
Outside: A Shepherd’s Hut with a small double bed, and wood burner

Apple Cottage (sleeps 6)...
    Upstairs: Two double rooms and a bathroom
    Downstairs: One twin/double room with en-suite shower room, sitting room with wood burner, large kitchen/dining room and a separate w/c

Click here for a 360 degree tour of Plum Cottage

Click here for a 360 degree tour of Apple Cottage

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Apple Cottage Prices

Weekends are Friday to Monday (3 nights) | Midweeks are Monday to Friday (4 night)
Full Weeks can start Mondays or Fridays (7 nights)
Check availability below


Low: £510

Mid: £800

High: £1,180


Low: £480

Mid: £720

High: £1,100

Full Week

Low: £700

Mid: £1,000

High: £1,400

Peak: £2,300

Plum Cottage Prices

Weekends are Friday to Monday (3 nights) | Midweeks are Monday to Friday (4 night)
Full Weeks can start Mondays or Fridays (7 nights)
Check availability below


Low: £420

Mid: £700

High: £850


Low: £380

Mid: £650

High: £740

Full Week

Low: £600

Mid: £880

High: £1,000

Peak: £1,725

The Gate House

On the edge of historic Wimborne, a beautifully renovated Georgian house with bags of space for families or a big group of friends.
The front windows frame views of the iron gates to Deans Court, and mature trees of this lovely estate. Though the elegant, chalky-white façade suggests a compact building, you step through an arched doorway into a spacious architectural gem.
High ceilings, cosy nooks, sash windows and a wonderful turned wooden staircase rub shoulders with Ali Hanham's passion for interior design. Vibrant kilims brighten white wooden floors, while patterned French linen blinds look great with walls painted in delicate shades of blue and grey.
The seven peaceful bedrooms are filled with antique furniture and overlook the lawned garden; traditional bathrooms are stocked with fluffy white towels and fragrant Ren products.
Stroll to the farmer's market for local delights and enjoy delicious, candlelit feasts in the theatrical, red dining room. The ancient Minster is a short walk and little ones will love the dinky 'Model Village'.

The Gate House (sleeps 14)...
    Top Floor: One double rooms with en-suite bathroom
    Upstairs: Three double rooms (one of which with an en-suite shower room), two twin rooms and two bathrooms
    Downstairs: One twin room (with en-suite shower room), sitting room, large kitchen and separate breakfast room and dining room

Click here for a 360 degree tour of The Gate House

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The Gate House Prices

Weekends are Friday to Monday (3 nights) | Midweeks are Monday to Friday (4 night)
Full Weeks can start Mondays or Fridays (7 nights)
Check availability below


Low: £1,590

Mid: £2,220

High: £3,510


Low: £700

Mid: £1,060

High: £1,340

Full Week

Low: £1,760

Mid: £2,310

High: £4,000

Peak: £5,450


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You are welcome to arrive and leave anytime during your stay, but these are set prices for mid-week, weekend and all week bookings.

Apple Cottage

Plum Cottage

The Gate House

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Local Attractions

In Wimborne
Wimborne Minster
For over 1300 years this Minster has been a centre for pilgrimage, prayer and worship. As a Minster in the early days it was a centre of mission, a home for a group of clergy who went out into the surrounding countryside to preach the Gospel. As a Parish Church today it has a central place in the lives of its members and in the life of the town. It is not a museum, although it has inherited some wonderful treasures from the past. It is a living centre for work, worship and prayer and visitors to Wimborne are encouraged to visit the minster take in some of its history.
Below is a timetable of the various services taking place in the Minster.
Sundays: 8.00 am Holy Communion, 9.45 am Family Eucharist, 11.15 am
Matins (not 1st Sunday),11.15 am Family Service (1st & 3rd Sundays, Holy Communion 1st Sunday in the Minster, otherwise in Church House),12 noon
Holy Communion (2nd and 4th Sundays only), 6.30 pm Evensong & Sermon
Weekdays: Celebrating Common Prayer is said on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8.30am and on Thursday at 8.45 am. Mon - Fri 5.30 pm, Evening Prayer (4.00pm Jan/Feb). Tues 8.00 am Holy Communion. Thurs 9.30 am Holy Communion. Fri 11.00 am Holy Communion (St. Margarets Chapel, St. Margarets Hill). Sat 9.15 am Prayers

Model Town
The Model Town re-creates Wimborne Town Centre as it was during the 1950’s. Each miniature building has been designed down to the last detail, allowing visitors to peer into the butcher, ironmongeries and bakery shop windows and even touch the buildings. The Model town also has a giant outdoor chess board, putting lawn, gift shop and small tea room. The Model Town is located less than a 5 minute walk from the cottages. Turn Left out of Deans Court Lane and the Model town is located along the left hand side of King Street.

Priest’s House Museum
The Priest House Museum is located in the town centre next to the tourist information centre. The Priest's House Museum & Garden is set in an historic town house where a series of period rooms takes the visitor back through the centuries. From the 17th century hall to the Georgian parlour and working Victorian kitchen, the rooms show what life and work was like for people in the past. The Museum tells the story of East Dorset from prehistoric to modern times. With hands-on activities in the Achaeology, Childhood and East Dorset Villages galleries, there is plenty to do and see. The Museum is open from 1st April till 31st October Monday-Saturday 10am to 4:30pm.

East Dorset is surrounded by the beautiful Jurassic Coast and has nearly 3000 miles of rights of way, providing some of the most breath taking beaches and walks in the South West.

A glorious slice of natural coastline in Purbeck featuring a four-mile stretch of golden, sandy beach, with gently shelving bathing waters and views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight. Ideal for water sports and includes the most popular naturist beach in Britain. The heathland behind the beach is a haven for native wildlife and features all six British reptiles. Designated trails through the sand dunes and woodlands allow for exploration and spotting of deer, insects and bird life as well as a wealth of wild flowers. Studland was the inspiration for Toytown in Enid Blyton's Noddy.
Studland, near Swanage, Dorset. Telephone: 01929 450259

A 30 minute drive away is the lively sea side town of Sandbanks an area of the country that contains some of the most expensive land and houses in Europe. Sandbanks itself is a small peninsula, and the place to go if you are looking for water sport activities. Numerous companies provide activities such as windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking, sailing, powerboating and offer the hiring of boats. Contact ‘The Watersports Academy’ on 01202 708 283, FC Watersports on 01202 707757 or Oceanos Watersports on 07828 650099 for more details.

Sandbanks also boasts a large crazy-golf and mini-golf courses, a mini road train that cruises up and down the prom in the summer and open top bus tours.

One of the most famous and unique attractions of Sandbanks is the Sandbanks Chain Ferry, which shuttles between Sandbanks and Studland crossing at the mouth of Poole harbour.

Chesil Beach
The beach on which Ian McEwan based his novel of the same title is located in Bridport, 40 minutes away. It is a pebble beach 18 miles long and stretches north-west from Portland to West Bay.

Other beaches include: Kimmerage, Lullworth and Durdle Door. Also Winspit and Dancing Ledge which are both a 20 minute walk from the Square and Compass Pub, Worth Matravers.

Days Out
East Dorset boasts a collection of beautiful houses and gardens open for the public to visit.

National Trust
Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 4EA Telephone: 01202 883402
Home of the Bankes family for more than 300 years, this striking 17th-century house is noted for its lavish interiors. The outstanding art collection includes paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian and Tintoretto, with the largest private collection of Egyptian artefacts in the UK. Outside, stroll across the beautiful lawns towards the restored Japanese tea garden. There are several waymarked walks through the surrounding parkland, with its fine herd of North Devon cattle, and the 3,443-hectare (8,500-acre) estate is dominated by the Iron Age hillfort of Badbury Rings, home to fourteen varieties of orchid.

Badbury Rings
Near Kingston Lacy. An impressive ancient earth works, originally iron age, subsequently used as a fort by the Romans. Now open to the public and good for an interesting short walk. Car parking available.

Corfe Castle
Wareham, Dorset BH20 5EZ
Telephone: 01929 481294
One of Britain's most majestic ruins and once a controlling gateway through the Purbeck Hills, the castle boasts breathtaking views and several waymarked walks. The demolition of the castle in 1646 by the Parliamentarians marked the end of a rich history as both fortress and royal residence. With its fallen walls and secret places, it is a place to explore, a giant playground for children of all ages. The crumbling ruins and subtle invasion by plants and animals, along with its almost ethereal quality as light and weather change, all contribute to the unique atmosphere of Corfe Castle. Note: steep, uneven slopes, steps and sudden drops.

Brownsea Island
An Island situated in Poole Harbour, Dorset.
Brownsea Island offers a varied and beautiful landscape for enjoying the wonders of nature; from the patchworks of woodland, heath and grassy fields in the peaceful and secluded interior, to the cliffs and beaches of the coastline, which offer breathtaking views across the harbour to the Purbeck Hills.

Clouds Hill
Wareham, Dorset BH20 7NQ Telephone: 01929 405616
This tiny isolated brick and tile cottage in the heart of Dorset was the peaceful retreat of T. E. Lawrence ('Lawrence of Arabia'). The austere rooms are much as he left them and reflect his complex personality and close links with the Middle East, as detailed in a fascinating exhibition. Please note - only open 17th March till 30th August.

Open Gardens
If you are looking for a relaxing day time activity many local houses open their gardens to the public via the National Garden Scheme, a scheme that raises money for charity by allowing the public to visit beautiful private gardens. We have not provided details of individual gardens in this pack as the dates they are open throughout the year vary hugely, if you are interested in visiting a garden look up the Nation Garden Scheme website at for more information on the gardens open in the surrounding areas.

Poole and Bournemouth are the nearest large towns to Wimborne. Poole a 15 minute drive away and Bournemouth a 25 minute drive. Both towns offer a shopping complex and a range of restaurants and actives, similarly Bournemouth has a large range of nightclubs and lively evening entertainment.
Wimborne itself has a small and original art deco cinema/theatre called the Tivoli, a program for which had been provided in your information pack. However, should you require a larger cinema and entertainment facilities, Tower Park, a 15 minute car journey away, offers a more comprehensive range of activities (post code BH214NY). Including a cinema, bowling alley, indoor water park, bingo hall, family amusements and casino games as well as a selection of places to eat and drink including Burger King, Chiquito, Georgie Porgies Buffet World, KFC, Marvin’s, Nando’s, Pizza express, Pizza hut and TGI fridays. Within the Tower Park complex there is also a large Tesco.

The nearest train station for trains to London is Poole, where trains generally run every half an hour. The service to London stops at Clapham Junction and Waterloo and takes approximately 2 ½ hours.

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Corfe Caste

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Kingston Lacy

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Old Harry Rocks

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Deans Court, Deans Court Lane, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1EE

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