Abbey Dore Court dates back to 1837 when it was a Red Lion Inn and believed to have been the hospitality house of Dore Abbey, the Cistercian Abbey dating back to 1147.
In 1861 Captain Thomas Freke Lewis purchased the house and added a Victorian Wing as well as Italian mosaic floors, moulded ceilings, a ballroom, a Jacobean staircase and a 1621 fireplace, all of which survive today.
Our family bought the Court in 1967 with 18 acres of land.
Since then, Abbey Dore Court has been the home of three generations. Charis Ward has created a 10 acre garden which is open to the public from April to September. Sarah, her daughter, after riding for Great Britain settled back at Abbey Dore and helped run the garden whilst converting the stables into a Tearoom, creating a vibrant crafts shop and a Teddy Bears’ Loft.
In 2009 the house was taken over by Sarah’s children, Clare, Hannah and Julian Sage. Being left to run the house in the future, Clare took the advice of Ruth Watson of Country House Rescue and has led the restoration of the property with Charis and brought this wonderful home into the 21st century whilst keeping all its charm and history intact.
This is now the property which is available for your next memorable holiday and we look forward to welcoming you.