This spacious 14th century Manor was formerly owned by the Dukes of Bolton and the Earl of Sandwich. Privately owned and lovingly renovated by the Cooper family, the manor now forms part of the Hooke Court Field Studies Centre. The sympathetic modernisation carried out by the Coopers has meant the Manor has retained its character and charm providing a memorable venue for large family getaways and group reunions. The accommodation within the manor consists of eleven bedrooms (8 with en-suite facilities), an elegant drawing room with open fire, a dining room and a games room, as well as its own garden.
Alternatively you may wish to rent the smaller, more intimate Gate House, with 4 twin and double bedrooms, two of which are en-suite. The Gate House has its own secluded garden within the Hooke Court grounds.
Both the Manor and the Gatehouse have their own gardens but guests are welcome to explore the whole of Hooke Court, which consists of 24 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland. The turkeys, hens, geese, ducks, rare breed sheep and pigs are also well worth a visit as is a stroll down to the lake where guests can sit on the island and watch the fish swimming around.
Hooke Court is just below the Wessex Ridgeway and close to the spectacular Dorset coastline. Just 10½ miles from West Bay, Hooke Court is also within easy reach of both pebbly Chesil Beach and Golden Cap cliff.
The surrounding countryside also has traces of Roman and pre-Roman culture ready to be explored, with Maiden Castle, Poundbury, Maumbury Rings and Cerne Abbas; home to the well-endowed Cerne Giant just on the doorstep. Or why not make a pilgrimage to Hardy’s birthplace, his school, his home and Stinsford Church, where his heart is buried.
If you don’t want to venture that far in a day then the local town of Beaminster has its own rich heritage and is home to a notable Tudor manor house; Mapperton Gardens, the main location for the BBC’s Tom Jones. Also close by is Eggardon’s hill fort, 3 nature reserves for fishing, walking and sailing and the bustling Roman town of Dorchester, which has many museums and a weekly market.
Hooke Court can also be hired out exclusively. The Coopers have welcomed various groups who have used Hooke Court as a base for their annual meet or reunion including the Women’s International Motorbike Association and the Hash House Harriers to name but two. The dormitory style self catering accommodation and fields for camping provide the ideal venue for a rally or meet.
If you are planning a celebration or a party during a longer stay at Hooke Court then the Aelfric Hall provides the ideal space. Perfect for numbers from 50 - 120 guests or for larger parties a marquee can be added with access through French windows to connect the two areas. It has a full PA system and an alcohol license.
Whatever your requirements Hooke Court can provide a host of totally flexible solutions for holiday breaks or functions and celebrations. Simply contact us and we can help you plan your perfect stay.
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