Deans Court

 
A time capsual of English country life.
— The Mail on Sunday
 

The Squash Court shop and cafe are part of the Deans Court estate, owned and run by William and Ali Hanham, passed down though our family for over 500 years. With a drive that leads right into the centre of town the estate is at the heart of Wimborne life, and the addition of a cafe and home store in the last few years has only strengthen this connection, making Deans Court a hive of activity. We often host pop up suppers in the cafe and community events from the grounds. The house itself dates back to the 16th Century while the gardens feature some of the oldest trees in the country, as well as a Serpentine-Walled, Soil Accredited Kitchen Garden (where many of the ingredients used in the cafe come from). The house and gardens are open to the public on approximately 12 Wednesdays throughout the summer from May to September, please click here for dates. We hold weddings within the grounds, please click here for more information and we have 3 holiday properties available to rent, 2 cottages, sleeping 6 each and a Gate House that sleeps 14, please click here for more information on these.

To find out more information about Deans Court please click here for our website.

Weddings

The Wedding marquee sits in our romantic, semi-wild gardens, next to an ancient lake where monks used to fish 1,000 years ago. Today, the venue retains a dreamy, rural atmosphere – but only a stone’s throw from the centre of the pretty Dorset market Town of Wimborne, with its famous Minster. 


The venue fee is virtually all-inclusive, and covers everything you need to hold a Country Wedding in a marquee, apart from the food and drink. One of our main strength lies in the fact that we can organise everything for you – including food, drink, and even flowers from our garden, and on-site accommodation for the Wedding party (up to 12 people in our Cottages, and further 14 in our Gate House).

If you are interested in holding your wedding at Deans Court visit our wedding website here: www.countryweddingsdorset.co.uk

Visit the garden 

Our gardens span 13 acres and are set within the estate in the Stour valley. They comprises some large and unusual mature specimen trees and a Saxon fishpond which fed the inhabitants of Wimborne’s monastery between C8th and C11th. The Mexican Swamp Cypress (110ft tall) and the Tulip tree were planted by explorer Thomas Hanham on his return from a voyage to the New World in 1607.

Our kitchen garden is surrounded by a ‘serpentine’ wall. It was the first organic garden in the country to be accredited by the Soil Association, under the supervision of William’s mother, Lady Jane Hanham. The garden provides chemical-free produce for our veg basket scheme, our café, and cut flowers for our weddings.

Our house and gardens are open to the public on selected dates throughout the summer of 2017. Click here for dates, times and tours.

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Stay on the estate

We have 3 holiday properties on the Deans Court estate. 2 traditional 18th Century cottages and a recently renovated Georgian Gate House. Plum and Apple Cottage are set within the estate, next to our orchard, looking out across the Stour Valley. Apple Sleeps 6 and Plum sleeps 4, with room for 2 extra in the converted shepherds hut in it's garden. 

The Gate House is at the end of the drive with front windows that frame views of the iron gates to Deans Court, surrounded by mature trees. 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 provide space for 14 people to stay. 

If you'd like more information on staying at Deans Court please visit our accommodation website here: www.deanscourt.org/accommodation