Sandford Orcas Manor House



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One of the best examples of an unspoilt Tudor manor house in Britain. It’s built of Ham stone with lots of interesting interior woodwork and stained glass windows bearing the arms of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. The house has restricted opening times but parties can be accommodated by appointment if booked ahead by phone. The ghosts were made up by a tenant 1965-78 and exposed as a fraud in 1977. Ghost books continue to ignore this.

Sandford Orcas Manor House
Sandford Orcas, SHERBORNE, DT9 4SB


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open Easter Mon 10-5, May, Jul-Sep, Sun and Mon 2-5

About the area

Discover Dorset

Dorset means rugged varied coastlines and high chalk downlands. Squeezed in among the cliffs and set amid some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery is a chain of picturesque villages and seaside towns. Along the coast you’ll find the Lulworth Ranges, which run from Kimmeridge Bay in the east to Lulworth Cove in the west. Together with a stretch of East Devon, this is Britain’s Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, noted for its layers of shale and numerous fossils embedded in the rock. Among the best-known natural landmarks on this stretch of the Dorset coast is Durdle Door, a rocky arch that has been shaped and sculpted to perfection by the elements. The whole area has the unmistakable stamp of prehistory.

Away from Dorset’s magical coastline lies a landscape with a very different character and atmosphere, but one that is no less appealing. Here, winding, hedge-lined country lanes lead beneath lush, green hilltops to snug, sleepy villages hidden from view and the wider world. The people of Dorset are justifiably proud of the achievements of Thomas Hardy, its most famous son, and much of the county is immortalised in his writing. 

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