West Dorset also boasts a wealth of historic houses and places to visit all within easy reach of the hotel. Just a mile away is Mapperton House, with its unique valley garden, that surrounds the Jacobean manor house. Athelhampton House is one of England's finest Medieval homes. To the north-west of Beaminster is Forde Abbey - the most complete Cistercian monastic building to survive as a home in Britain. And at Sherborne, visit its two castles, magnificent abbey and beautiful Medieval town.