Gifted to the nation for the use by a government minister, just outside London can be found a modest mansion that’s also open to the public, but only for a couple of weeks a year.

(c) Dorneywood Trust

Dorneywood House is the less famous of the three grand estates used by government ministers, after Chequers and Chevening House, and is also the only one that the public can visit. You can visit the gardens of Chevening House, or walk past Chequers, but only Dorneywood House lets you inside the house as well.

The gardens are open a fair bit during the summer months, but the House itself is open for just two weeks in the summer, and tickets sell out very quickly.

A visit to Dorneywood House is to go in through a side gate in the field next to the house, and you can take in the well-maintained gardens, and a tour of the ground floor of the house, which is richly decorated while still managing to retain the air of an oversized cottage rather than a stately home.

There’s tea and cakes served in the gardens afterwards.

For my review of a visit in 2021, go here.

Tickets will go on sale on Monday 1st April from here, and Dorneywood House will be open to the public between Monday 24th June and Sunday 7th July 2024.

Getting to Dorneywood

If driving, then there is parking in the fields next to the house.

If using public transport, then the nearest railway station is Burnham station on the Elizabeth line. From there, it’s about a 50-minute walk to Dorneywood House, or there’s a local taxi service from outside the railway station.


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