Local Area

Castleman_044The county of Dorset has an enormously varied landscape including spectacular coastline and sandy beaches, chalk downlands and ancient heathlands. There are a great many historic houses, castles and gardens within easy reach of Chettle. (see list below)

Many villages in Dorset have lovely manor houses, barns, farmhouses, churches and cottages. The beautiful landscale surrounding the village is very good for walking, cycling and riding.

There are several pay and play golf courses in the area including a very pretty eighteen hole course in Rushmore Park.

For field sports enthusiasts the area offers shooting, riding, hunting with the Portman, fishing on the Stour, Avon and Allen.

Historic Houses and Gardens near Chettle

National Trust: Kingston Lacy, Brownsea Island, Corfe Castle, Clouds Hill, Thomas Hardy’s Cottage.

For National Trust properties further afield search the National Trust website

Independent Houses and Gardens: Athelhampton House and Gardens, Wilton House, Breamore House, Cranborne ManorLarmer Tree Gardens

Landscape:  Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,  Jurassic Coast


sarpanelaAlternative therapies: www.sarpenela.co.uk just 5 minutes in the car or a 45 minute walk across the downs, Sarpenela is a natural therapies centre in a converted stables at Farnham farmhouse run by the very gifted Sarah Lownds. She offers a range of holistic treatments including massage (aromatherapy, hot stone and therapeutic) reflexology and reiki.

Country Sports: we are listed on GunsOnPegs and can advise you on local game or clay shooting opportunities