This ‘royal house’ declared itself for the King in 1660, but its roots are even older. Find leaded windows, flagstone floors and big old fireplaces, a library stuffed with books, a very comfortable sitting room and a family kitchen. A welcome hamper is filled with Dorset treats.
Sunny days will be spent in the garden with a lawn big enough for games and secure against toddler – or dog – escapes, so you can relax with a glass of wine. There’s a village shop in Cerne Abbas for stocking up and plenty of farm shops nearby. Drop in to one of three pubs in the village including The Giant Inn, for handcrafted local ales.
Stroll the Himalayan Gardens, walk through the valley and up into the hills, say hello to his nibs The Giant, then come back down the other side.