I visited in August with my family. As we had dogs with us we opted to just have a stroll around the grounds, rather than tour inside the castle. What stunningly beautiful grounds they are. We walked around the lake, looking at the beautiful plants and trees as we went along. There was a small waterfall, a folly, which the children loved and amazing views across the lake to the castle (which is really a grand country house, rather than a castle.) We particularly liked Raleighs Seat, where Sir Salter Ralaigh would sit and look at his grounds whilst also watching the passing traffic along gate adjacent road. It was also possible to see the old castle through a viewing point. Apparently Raliegh bought the old castle and tried to modernise it but eventually built the new Sherborne castle instead. We ended our visit in the charming tea garden, which is set within a beautiful walled garden, reminicscent of the secret garden of a favourite childhood novel. Beautiful cakes and delicious scones!
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