The Estates

The ARC ride will give an amazing view of 3 historic english houses

Ashcombe House and its 1,134 acres estate lies between Tollard Royal and Berwick St John. Photographer and designer Cecil Beaton lived there between 1930 and 1945; it is now owned by Guy Ritchie.

King John House is on the site of a hunting ‘box’ used by King John in the very early years of the 13th century. He held a ‘knight’s fee’ through his second wife Isabella, and would meet the other huntsmen under the nearby Larmer Tree

Chettle House, the village manor, is a red brick Baroque mansion designed by Thomas Archer, a pupil of Vanbrugh, and built by the Bastard brothers of Blandford Forum during the reign of Queen Anne. Pevsner considered it to be one of England’s finest Baroque houses. Two rounded ends were added to the house in 1912.