The Gate House

Wimborne Minster, Dorset
  • 16
  • 7
  • Pet Friendly

A lovingly renovated Georgian house of immense charm and character, situated a short stroll from the historic town of Wimborne Minster.

  • Walk to a wide array of pubs, restaurants and boutique shops.
  • Super stylish interior.
  • 30 minutes drive from Sandbanks, and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

About The Gate House

The Gate House, a spacious architectural gem has been sympathetically restored and now offers stylish interiors and wonderful grounds. High ceilings, cosy nooks, sash windows and a wonderful turned wooden staircase, blends seamlessly the owners passion and keen eye for interior design.
Being tucked away at the outskirts of historic Wimborne Minster gives this wonderful property a rural feeling but is within a short stroll of the vibrant town square and its bars and restaurants.

The property offers 7 beautiful bedrooms sleeping 16 guests in style and comfort, a grand sitting room, large kitchen with beautiful AGA with separate breakfast room and a formal dining room offers the perfect space to come together over dinner and a drink or two! A newly refurbished entertainment room with underfloor heating, houses a large 75" flat screen TV connected to a Netflix account with a complimentary £20 to spend on Apple movies! You then step outside through bi-fold doors onto a terrace which has a hot tub.

Within 30 minutes drive you will find Sandbanks peninsular, with miles of unspoilt sandy beaches, and the chance to enjoy a wide variety of water based activities. From here take the iconic chain ferry to Swanage, a glorious Victorian seaside town. If you are looking for culture, Kingston Lacy, a National Trust house and gardens are well worth a visit or take in a show or concert at the 'Art Deco' Tivoli theatre a 5 minute walk away.


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"We were a large party of 14 and stayed at the gate house. It was a beautiful space large enough to accommodate all of us. Everyone enjoyed staying there and although we had some issues trying to light the log burner, the owners came to the rescue and we got it sorted"

January 2019

"Such a beautiful place to hold our spect birthday celebration. Three generations of family were catered for the grandchildren loved the hot tub and the games room as did the adults. The accommodation was lovely and spacious we all had plentiful room to slip off if we wanted to. We all loved the decor and attention to detail in every room. Our dogs Rico and Chico has great fun in the safe garden. The goodies left for us was a lovely touch and the chocolate brownies were the best we have ever had. All in all it was a very special week for us all. Thank you. Sue. & Jody"

December 2018

"A really clean, comfortable house with plenty of space, a well equipped kitchen and helpful staff around to advise when needed. The games room is amazing for kids big and small and ours loved having movie evenings on the big screen (thanks for the free movies!). The garden is fantastic; lots of space and enclosed so kids can run around care free. We also loved the cafe and shop next door and had a lovely walk around the Deans Court grounds and garden. The village is Wimborne is picturesque and a great palace to explore as well as being a great access point to the Jurassic coast and lots of different attractions for families. We were a large party of adults and kids aged 5 - 9, we found our stay to be very enjoyable for everyone and we’d definitely come again."

November 2018

"Completely met our (high) expectations. Our group ranged from 69 years to 19 months old and every single one of us really enjoyed our stay"

October 2018

"We had a great week end stay. 11 adults and 1 child. Plenty of space, beautiful bedrooms, comfortable furnishings and so well equipped!!! A welcome pack that can only be described as delicious and generous. Log fire with plenty of logs and the addition of the hot tub, what can I say but inspired! We didn't use the Apple TV or play video games (maybe we're too old for that) but I'm sure others will find the upgrade a real bonus. This was our 3rd...or maybe 4th visit and we're back again next December for a Christmas break. There are so few places out there with enough bathrooms for so many people, but the Gate House delivers on that front too. Easy walking to town and a downstairs bedroom which resolved the issue of accesibily for me while I'm on crutches. Wonderful"

October 2018

"A welcoming country retreat. Warm feel to the house both in terms of comfort and ambience. We were only a couple but the price was still reasonable for the generous facilities and expansive kitchenware. The kitchen was special as the Aga made it a cosy place to enjoy an evening meal after a day's hiking!! Lovely rooms, tastefully decorated and would be great for a family or group of friends - clean and well maintained. Very quiet at night even though it was within town. Great location for exploring East Dorset, the coast as well as the lovely walks through the Kingston Lacy estate and at Holt Heath."

October 2018

"The Gate House was a fantastic place to spend my 60th birthday. The warmth from the aga greeted us as soon as we opened the front door. The house has a warm and homely feel and was enjoyed by all our family ranging in age from 15 months up to 60 years!! The house is ideally situated as there are many places to eat within walking distance . The games room and hot tub are an added bonus and were enjoyed by all."

October 2018

"We all loved the house. We have a great four days. We lit the log fire every evening which made us feel very at home. The welcome pack of goodies and the flowers were a nice touch. Hopefully we will all return next year. Thankyou so much."

October 2018

"A very welcoming and spacious house. Perfect for our family holiday. The kitchen was well equipped for staying in and the proximity to the town meant going out was very easy too. The games room is a great space and a lovely addition to the house. I am sure we’ll return in the future."

September 2018

"A group of watercolour painters from Salisbury - just down the road - felt like we had entered a different world - so comfortable and calm, spacious and elegant. We found many things to excite the brushes and the pencils and, with all our basic daily needs sorted, we created in spades. We can't wait for another dose of Deans Court magic."

September 2018

"The Gate House met the needs of our multigenerational family aged 11-80, perfectly. We loved the interesting furnishings, thoughtful touches and plenty of space. We’ve booked for next year!"

August 2018

"The house was perfectly set up for our two family’s, with a lovely stylish more adult living room, and very trendy games room. The kitchen was a very well equipped rooms .....Nothing else we wanted for whilst staying here. Lots of hot water for everyone to shower/bath. The hot tub was a lovely added luxury. And within a short stroll of the shops and cafes. A great stay."

June 2018

"The cottage was charming, very comfortable and well equipped.The situation was fantastic - quiet but in the middle of town. Our one problem with the heating - we were too warm -was delt with swiftly and efficiently"

April 2018

"The most wonderful and unexpected example of rus in urbe--a spacious country retreat right in the middle of a delightful town."

April 2018

"Such a wonderful venue for a reunion get-together. Beautifully furnished house coped with 6 couples easily. Dining room perfect for a formal sit down meal and the kitchen big enough for us to stand around informally chatting, drinking coffee and eating toast. Log fire in lounge great for relaxing. Media room excellent for playing music... and a hot tub which we did not get around to using. All Perfect! A truely memorable stay that everyone enjoyed. Thank you!"

April 2018

"Beautiful house in a great location just steps away from the centre of Wimborne. Lovely welcome hamper with yummy chocolate brownies, bread, eggs and apple juice. Very well equipped and lovely Ren toiletries. The hot tub was a real treat even when it was snowing most of the weekend!"

March 2018

"From the moment we stepped through the curved front door, we fell in love with the house. We'd seen the photos, of course, but the reality was even more comfortable and stylish than we'd imagined.The house very quickly became home and it was great to have a sitting room and dining room large enough to accommodate us all. The hot tub was great fun especially in the early mornings when the temperature outside was only just above freezing!"

March 2018

"Thoroughly enjoyed out stay. A great location, beautiful house. Perfect for a family gathering"

February 2018

"We had such a wonderful weekend at The Gate House celebrating our grandmother's 90th birthday. The house was very special and had everything that we needed. Thank you!"

February 2018

"Great House for staying if a large party of people. Very well equipped and welcoming. Welcome pack wonderful surprise."

January 2018

"Immaculate property, perfect for our needs (family gathering). Quiet but near to town so you can park up and no need to drive for the holiday. Welcoming staff, plenty of room for all and well equipped."

January 2018

"Very well-equipped, spacious and lovely house in quiet corner near to town centre. We enjoyed a very comfortable and relaxed stay."

January 2018

What makes this area
So special...

Book a table at The Gin House, boasting one of the UK's largest gin menus!

Property details


Sleeps 16 adults in 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms (3 of which are en suite)
Ample Private Parking
Garden area - Enclosed

Ground Floor
Grand Entrance hall
Bed 1 (sleeps 2) Twin bedroom with en suite shower and WC
Sitting room
Large kitchen with aga and dishwasher
Separate breakfast room
Dining room with space for 16 guests
Entertainment room with underfloor heating and bi-fold doors onto the terrace, XBox and 75" flat screen TV connected to Netflix

First Floor
Bed 2 (sleeps 2) Double bedroom with en suite shower and WC
Bed 3 (sleeps 2) Double bedroom
Bed 4 (sleeps 2) Double bedroom
Bed 5 (sleeps 2) Twin bedroom
Bed 6 (sleeps 2) Twin bedroom
2 separate family bathrooms with WC

Second Floor
Accessed via steep steps
Bed 7 (sleeps 4) Double bedroom plus with two twin beds with ensuite bathroom and WC

Large enclosed garden with BBQ. Table and chairs
Hot Tub now available

Wi-Fi / Broadband / TV connected to Netflix
Central Heating
All wood supplied for fires and stoves as needed

What you need to know

Highchair and Travel cot available (please supply own bedding for this)
Pets are allowed
Plentiful private car parking
Suitable for wheelchair access
Non smoking
Hot tub now available

To make your stay extra special all our guests receive a welcome basket of local, homemade treats on arrival. Expect to be greeted with freshly baked bread from our local bakery, locally sourced free-range eggs, home-baked treats, locally produced jam and of course milk in the fridge and a selection of Dorset teas and ground coffee

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