A dragons breath in the Mists
Originally built as a hunting lodge in 1207, the building evolved until acquired by the first Earl of Salisbury in c. 1605, when it was in a very poor state. Completely rebuilt from 1610-1640, it was damaged during the Civil War and a new west wing built. During the period c.1700-1860 it was used by two tenant farmers, the present gardens being their farmyards. Further repairs were done by the 2nd Marquess of Salisbury and the Cecil family have lived there ever since. The manor itself is currently not open to view, but the gardens, originally designed by John Tradescant, are excellent (open every Wednesday Mar-Sept) and there is a well-stocked garden centre.