Welcome to Deans Court


An elegant historic house set in ancient gardens, a stone’s throw from the centre of Wimborne Minster in Dorset. Run by William and Ali Hanham, Deans Court has been in William's family for nearly 500 years. Today the estate hosts a venue for weddings and events, a vintage lifestyle shop, health-food café and holiday cottages & houses. Pop-up social suppers, open-air theatres, courses and workshops, tours, beekeeping, fly-fishing, rearing sheep and growing organic vegetables in a walled kitchen garden - are just some of the other activities taking place here - all of them under the ethos of living sustainably within a heritage environment in the 21st century.


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Visit & Events

While Deans Court is not open to the public every day, 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.

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Openings, Tours & NGS

The house & grounds are open to the public by guided tour and on open garden days.

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'Social Suppers', courses, open air theatre, summer markets - there's a lot going on.

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Venue & 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.

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The River Allen is one of England’s most unspoilt chalk streams runs through the estate. The stream holds a strong wild brown trout population and is occasionally stocked. The Mayfly hatch is particularly good, and the river is open for Grayling in the winter. Generally best fished by wading, with varied deep & shallow water. Upstream dry fly & nymph, catch & release.

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