We are very fortunate to be situated on a stunning estate of protected Dorset countryside totalling nearly 2000 acres. We have a four acre lake as well as many acres of private woods, which in the spring are full of life and carpeted with bluebells. The grounds are cared for in an environmentally friendly way, and are open to all to enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of nature.
One of the most memorable features of Gaunts is the peace and beauty of the surrounding land. Each visitor has the rare opportunity to become immersed in the great outdoors. Just take a look below at the colours of the Bluebell Wood – a remarkable natural sight showing the beauty and diversity of nature found at Gaunts.
We are also home to an ancient Chestnut tree – some say that it dates back to the Norman Conquest. Whatever its age, the girth (at 33 feet) is impressive. Just to think what that tree has ‘seen’ over the years!
The Dorset Starhenge rests in the grounds of Gaunts House and is in geometric triangulation with the sacred sites of Glastonbury, Avebury and Stonehenge. It is 84 feet in diameter with seven rings of six foot widths, beyond which is a ring of 24 trees.
Conceived and designed by Don Conreaux, Starhenge is a modern megalithic installation laid out according to ancient geomantic specifications and fully landscaped. Starhenges lend themselves to special celebratory events such as Summer and Winter Solstice, and the Spring and Autumn Equinox, or at any propitious time when connecting with earth and sky are most meaningful.
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Head Gardener Michael Litchfield and assistant John Cooper and team take care to preserve the natural character and feeling of the Gaunts House grounds. If you ask, they will be happy to show you their latest work or projects. You never know, they might even disclose some of the secrets they use to grow a mouth watering array of fruit, vegetables and flowers.
All this produce is brought to life in our tucked away Victorian walled garden which we are in the process of renovating. If you would like to come and volunteer to help us with this project, then please contact us
Lewis Park is an area of parkland to the south west of the house and is filled with majestic, ancient old trees including cedars, oaks, cork and lime. We utilise this area for camping during our annual Summer Gathering and for similarly sized large events. Sitting in the middle of Lewis Park is a fallen oak which has been sculpted and carved to create an idyllic seating area which captures the imagination of all. We call this Merlin’s Seat – another great place for quiet reflection in the middle of nature.
Squirrels, buzzards, kites, mallards, cormorants, herons, hares, foxes, barn and tawny owls are just some of the wildlife found around the house. It’s rare these days to be able to immerse yourself in nature as you can do at Gaunts, so remember to bring your binoculars and camera – and who knows - your photo could end up on our website!