As detailed in our Cookie Policy, like most sites Strolling Guides uses cookies to enhance your experience, and to share information about how you use our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Unless you disable cookies in your browser, using this website means you consent to this.

Serles House

Location

Dorset Map

OS Ref: SU 004 002

Last Visited: 2010

The Sunken Garden

The Sunken Garden

Originally billed as The Secret Garden, Serles House may no longer be a secret, but is still deserves to be better known.

Unusually for the National Gardens Scheme, you not only get to see the garden but also the interior of the house. Both are the creation of the owner, Ian Willis, a mildly eccentric Interior Designer.

From the street, Serles House is a large smart, but otherwise unremarkable, Victorian semi-detached house.

Yorick Fireplace

Yorick Fireplace

Step inside, however and youʼre back in Willisʼs lovingly re-created (and, where necessary, re-interpreted) Victorian interior, complete with many fixtures and fittings from the period.

However, it only once you have been through the house and step out into the garden that the magic really begins. Part garden, part museum, part sculpture park, all blended together with the eye of a master. An amazing achievement.

For opening times etc., please see the National Gardens Scheme web site.