Set in 12 acres of some of Dorset’s most beautiful countryside with unspoilt views of hills and woodlands, Chideock Manor has extensive and varied gardens.
To the front of The Manor, there is a formal lawn and balustrade beyond which stretches parkland and a lake. To the south, there are more formal gardens including a parterre, Lime walk, Rose arches, Yew walk, Hydrangea walk, a stepped water garden and a ‘Wilderness’ containing many rare shrubs and trees. Beyond the ‘The Wilderness’ is a Nuttery and Pinetum.
The gardens are naturally set on different levels so from each there are tantalising glimpses of others. There are some unusual plants in these gardens including some 20 varieties of Magnolia, and uncounted varieties of Camelia. Rhodedendron, Hydrangeas, and Cornus.
In the north of the house, within brick walls, there is an orchard and beyond that, a formal vegetable garden. To the rear of the house there are more herbaceous borders, a fern garden, a lawn and pond surrounded by rose swags and dominated by a magnificent 100 year old Acer palmatium. There are also many paths providing walks through the woods and around the lake.
The Regency Manor House was built in 1811 by the Weld family who also built the Roman Catholic Church attached. The same family occupied the house until 1996 when it was bought by Howard and Deirdre Coates.
They inherited a wonderful setting, some fine old trees and heavy clay soil, but the once beautiful garden had been mainly given over to grass. Since then, the Coates have done their best to bring back the gardens to their former glory and, where records no longer existed, to create new gardens sympathetic to their surroundings.
Free and plentiful parking
Visit by appointment only between 10 am and 6 pm
Some garden areas wheelchair accessible
Pet friendly on short leads
Please no touching, cutting or picking of plants.
Please no photography for commercial use without prior permission.
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‘Everyone loved exploring the grounds, discovering different areas of planting and enjoying the peacefulness of the setting. You have obviously put a lot of thought and time and hard work into creating such an interesting and lovely garden.’
‘The garden is breathtakingly beautiful and the result of much superb planning and labour to delight all comers’.
‘We were so pleased to have a fine day in order to see your extensive and attractive gardens’.
We visited your beautiful gardens last Wednesday and I just wanted to send a belated thank you for allowing us to share this wonderful space for a few hours. It was the highlight of my week in Somerset.
You have done a wonderful job in creating gardens of interest, fitting to the house (which reminded me so much of my old school!) and yet clearly it is a family space as well. We loved it and I especially enjoyed crabapple walk and the parterre. We had a lovely chat with a 91 year old gardener too and he showed us into the church, which was a delight. Your comment about a little bit of Italy was just right.
Thank you again for your welcome and for sharing your garden – we felt privileged to be there.
The village of Chideock can be found between Bridport and Lyme Regis on the A35. At the church (which is quite prominent in the middle of the village) turn into North Road. Chideock Manor is half a mile down this road. Turn right at ‘the wishbones’ and proceed along this lane to enter Chideock Manor Gardens.
The Jurassic Coaster bus stops in Chideock (X51 and X52) and can be picked up anywhere along the A35 with connections from Exeter or Poole. For timetable: Traveline
The nearest station is Axminster in the West (9 miles) and Dorchester in the East (20 miles). For online tickets: The Trainline
Sharing the grounds of the Manor is Chideock Martyrs Church
Looking for Accommodation Nearby? Try Special Dorset Cottages or Yew Tree House
Just a 20 minute walk from The Manor is Seatown Beach and Golden Cap
A short drive away is Bridport and West Bay
Popular coastal resort with beautiful public garden nearby is in Lyme Regis
Other notable gardens in the Area include Mapperton Garden, Minterne Garden, Athelhampton Garden