Abbotsbury, Knoll, Kingston Lacy, Mapperton… the list of great gardens in Dorset goes on. Mapperton (below) is one of my favourites, combining surprise, formality, informality and a great tea shop. Friendly gardeners too. Knoll is quite small but full of interest and Abbotsbury is large, meandering and ‘sub-tropical’.
Kingston Lacy also has a mansion to visit – with what seems to be an intact wine cellar: