Cranborne Chase: the Uncrowded Alternative to the Cotswolds (with A-List Residents)

This unsung area offers rolling hills, handsome villages and stately homes – without the crowds and high prices.

Posted on 30.05.24

The Telegraph

This National Landscape (the new-fangled name for our AONBs) is like the Cotswolds without the crowds: an expanse of rolling hills, handsome villages and stately homes – minus the coach tours and hip hotels charging north of £500 for a standard double…

Over in the village of Wimborne St Giles, a couple of miles from Cranborne, the owners of the manor house have converted around half of its stable buildings (the rest still belong to the horses) into a trio of wonderful holiday apartments.

The main 17th-century Riding House is magnificent, a daring conversion featuring eight en-suite bedrooms – some where the animals once bedded down, others on mezzanine floors – and a vast living area filled with velvet sofas and a billiard table. We made do with one of two Groom’s Cottages, slightly more prosaic but still grand, with four-poster beds, giant copper bathtubs, chandeliers and the obligatory Aga.

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