The magnificent Sherborne Castle in Dorset was built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and has been in the hands of the present owners – the Wingfield Digby family – since 1617.
The grand décor reflects the evolution of decorative styles over the past 400 years – each generation adding its own touch to the architecture or interior styling with new windows and even new wings added through the centuries.
The castle doors of the family home were opened to the public in 1969 for people to enjoy the magnificent staterooms, the Tudor kitchen, fossil and archive displays in the cellars. Ask the helpful room guides if you have any questions as you tour this impressive address.
The house sits in 42 acres of stunning gardens including a beautiful 53-acre lake which was created by famous landscape architect Capability Brown in 1753 as one of his very first commissions. Other marks of his influence include the grounds’ soaring specimen trees, herbaceous borders and sweeping lawns.
Today, the house and gardens provide a majestic backdrop for weddings, film shoots and exhibitions.