History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
In 1910 the house was badly damaged by fire. It was rebuilt and the gardens laid out in 1942. There are 215 acres (87ha) of garden, parkland, woods, and farmland. In the past, the house was closed to visitors but in recent years there has been a limited opening period in the summer.
The garden is open on specific dates from April-September, and as of this writing, the house itself is open for 2 weeks in July. Places for house admission are limited and advanced booking is highly recommended. Advanced booking is also necessary for garden admission. Please see the National Trust website for details.
Dorneywood House is an official government residence, reserved for a Minister of the Crown or the Secretary of State. As such, it is not open to the public. It was bequeathed to the National Trust by Lord Courtauld-Thomson in 1942 on the provision that it be used by the current Prime Minister or a senior cabinet minister.
Several well-known Prime Ministers have occupied Dorneywood before becoming PM. Among these are John Major, Anthony Eden, and Alec Douglas-Home. Eden disliked the house, but Douglas-Home was reluctant to leave Dorneywood for Chequers, the official residence of the Prime Minister, when he was elected PM.
The house interior boasts paintings from the government's own collection of art as well as paintings owned by the National Trust.
Since 1954 the estate has been managed by the Dorneywood Trust, though currently the garden and house opening are administered by the National Trust.
About Dorneywood Garden
Address: Dorneywood Road, Dorneywood, Burnham, Buckinghamshire, England, SL1 8PY
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: 1.5 miles north of Burnham village
Website: Dorneywood Garden
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
Photo Credit: Screenshot image is (c) National Trust
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Cliveden - 1.4 miles (Garden)
Taplow Court - 2.5 miles (Historic House)
Stanley Spencer Gallery - 2.6 miles (Museum)
Dorney Court - 3.6 miles (Historic House)
Dorney, St James the Less Church - 3.7 miles (Historic Church)
Bray, St Michael's Church - 3.9 miles (Historic Church)
Jordans Friends' Meeting House - 4.5 miles (Historic Church)
Eton College - 4.6 miles (Historic Building)
Nearest Accommodation to Dorneywood Garden:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Centre
St Ives Road
Tel: 01628 796 502
Fax: 01628 796 971