10 Castle Street is situated on the edge of Cranborne Chase in Dorset. This area was a favourite of medieval kings as a hunting ground and also has links to Thomas Hardy’s classic novel – Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
The grand, symmetrical exterior is typical of the Palladian style architecture, which became popular in the UK for a brief time in the mid-17th century.
The house itself boasts an extravagant history dating back to the eighteenth century. The original owners were the Stillingfleet family. It was then altered and extended by Thomas Erle-Drax of Charborough in the late 1750s. Later it was bought by Lewis Tregonwell, who became famous for building what is now the oldest property in Bournemouth. Owned by the Cranborne Estate, 10 Castle Street is a fantastic example of a traditional country mansion steeped in history, character and charm.