Hotels in Farnham
Farnham is a delightful little village in north Dorset, in the south of England. The village is situated within an area of great natural beauty known as Cranborne Chase and is an excellent base for exploring the Dorset hinterland. There are also many historic attractions nearby, making Farnham an ideal holiday destination.
Perhaps the jewel in the crown of the local area, Chettle House is less than a mile from the centre of the village and well worth a visit. Walk straight from your Farnham hotel through the woods until you catch a glimpse of this pinkish Baroque masterpiece. Built in 1710, the highlight of this wonderful building is the sweeping double staircase in the Oak entrance hall.
After marvelling at the house's beauty, take a stroll in its five acres of pristine and luscious gardens. The gardens contain a sunken lawn, herbaceous borders and a croquet lawn. Bring a picnic, spread a rug and enjoy one of the most quintessentially English scenes you will ever witness. Also within the garden is the exceedingly lovely 16th-century Chettle Church, whose flamboyantly gothic architecture does much to augment the bucolic charm.
Larma Tree Gardens
If Chettle House did not sate your natural wanderlust, wait until you see Larma Tree Gardens, another short and pleasant walk away from Farnham. Created by General Pitt-Rivers, who is somewhat of a local hero, the gardens are named after an old tree that once stood here and were the first privately owned gardens to be opened to the public.
Larma originally contained a racecourse, golf course, tennis courts and a bowling green and was visited by 44,000 people in 1899. Today all that survives of its glorious past are the Roman Temple, the Nepalese Room and the Colonial Pavilion that once acted as a tea room. There are still, however, peacocks that roam freely among the camellias and rhododendrons. If you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of one of Larma's resident macaws.
The Museum Inn
After a day of blissful reflection among the luscious trees of Larma Tree, pop into another of Pitt-Rivers' local legacies. The Museum Inn has been a public house since the 17th century and was turned in to a museum by Pitt-Rivers in 1880. In 2012, this charming thatched building was renovated and converted back to its former glory and true purpose.
Whether you are after a pint of local cask ale, or a delicious gourmet meal, the Museum Inn has a stellar reputation for serving up irresistible food and drink. There is everything from pub classics to more sophisticated fine dining, all lovingly made using locally sourced ingredients. But don't just take my word for it, come and see for yourself.
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