The lake at Sherborne Castle is all thanks to Lancelot “Capability” Brown, and it’s made the gardens one of Dorset’s finest attractions since he had it built in 1753. The lake sits at the heart of 30 beautiful acres of garden in the grounds of the historic Sherborne Castle, and the 40 acres of grounds that lead on from the gardens make a visit to Sherborne one of Dorset’s greatest days out.
The gardens have a section to suit every taste and style, from sweeping lawns, pretty borders and inspiring specimen trees – it’ll be completely up to you whether you sit back and watch the children play, wander one of the trails or sit and enjoy the peace and quiet beside the lake. There’s one thing you’ll be guaranteed no matter when you visit or what you do, the gardens will be ablaze with colour. Spring is painted bright yellow with daffodils, autumn turns a powerful orange and the summer sees all kinds of colours emerge.
The majestic size of the gardens and grounds means that they never feel crowded – even on the sunniest day, and they attract some fascinating wildlife throughout the year. Look out for the various species of duck, water fowl and migrating birds that call the area their home.