Although the elegant mansion of Cricket St.Thomas is avowedly Regency in style - the present house was designed by the neo-Classicist Sir John Soane and set within glorious landscaped gardens based on a design by Capability Brown. The Manor's proud history actually predates 1086.
Since its rebuilding in 1820, Cricket has remained virtually untouched, its integrity as one of England's most cherished stately homes completely intact.
Uncompromised too is the nearby 12th century parish church of St. Thomas, with its Walled Garden, rare Sicilian chestnut font and brocade cloth which adorned the 1953 Coronation altar.
Such nobility attends the estate's entire tradition. Following the stewardship of various notable medieval families, the 18th century saw Cricket forge maritime links with the Hoods, the Bridports and the Nelsons.
Today, you needn't travel far to the sea; the charming fishing village of Lyme Regis and the dramatic Heritage Beach are just 30 minutes away.