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Chaffeymoor, Bourton, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 5BY
Chaffeymoor Grange is a beautiful stone manor house set in five acres of glorious Dorset countryside. The house dates from the 17th century, and retains beautiful original features such as stone mullioned windows, huge fireplaces and exposed beams.
The house is the ideal venue for house parties, weddings and joint family holidays. The house also offers a perfect country location for business meetings, training and team building events.
Chaffeymoor sleeps 20 people comfortably in 10 bedrooms in the main house. The reception rooms include a generous kitchen, drawing room, dining room and den. Should you feel the urge, there is a piano tuned and waiting in the hall.
A further four people can sleep in the newly built coach house, which comprises a large double bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and large living room with double sofa bed.
Outside is just as lovely, with 5 acres of gardens and terraces – ideal for a marquee. There is also a private lake, complete with little island and a dinky row-boat to bob around in and enjoy the sunshine. Should you wish for something a bit more energetic, there is also a football pitch, croquet lawn and tennis court.
Edmund’s Choice of Extraordinary Feature
Chaffeymoor really is very well appointed, but my favourite part of the house is the south-facing terrace, with its formal water-garden and the views over the valley. The most perfect spot for drinking very cold gin and tonics and admiring all that’s special about the English countryside.
About The Location
Chaffeymoor can be reached by mainline trains to both Gillingham and Castle Clary, both about ten minutes’ drive from the house. Should you wish to reach Chaffeymoor by car, the house is just off the A303.
Things To Do
There is lot to do in the surrounding area – Chaffeymoor sits on the Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset borders, in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and there’s plenty to see in all three counties. Clay shooting, archery and treasure hunts can be done locally, and there are any number of walks. Wincanton Racecourse is 5 minutes from the house, and hospitality days can be arranged during the jump season.
Driven Shooting: The traditional country house shooting party is a speciality of Chaffeymoor, and excellent shooting on several estates can be arranged. Full catering and overnight accommodation is included and guns can be stored securely on-site.
Golf: An 18-hole golf course in the village. Pay and play available.
Chaffeymoor is a great choice for a smart country wedding. The house is licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 80 guests (there are plenty of local B&B’s in which your guests can stay). There are two rooms in which the ceremony can take place – the drawing room (seating up to 80), or the dining room (seating up to 40). A marquee can be used for a seated wedding breakfast for 80, or the house can cope with 60 guests dining in a more informal manner (without the need for a marquee).