King John's House

Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
Price: £2829-£4935 per week
Sleeps: 15 + cot**
Bedrooms: 8 - PDF Plan
Bathrooms: 7
  • Historic Grade II* star house
  • Ideal for special celebrations, corporate breaks or longer holidays
  • Small party discounts apply
  • Medieval hall and Tudor oak-panelled dining room
  • Catering and hire of a chef by arrangement
  • Beautifully maintained, extensive grounds
  • Japanese pagoda with sauna
  • Croquet lawn
  • WiFi broadband & Sonos Music system

What our guests say

House and gardens beautiful. Waterfall and Koi ponds very unusual for a rental house. The dogs loved all the space, as did my daughters boyfriend for the drone flying space.

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Availability and Booking

October 2017
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The price for your stay will be £2440

Price includes a special offer discount of £813 (25%) off the normal rental of £3253


25% discount for all holidays ending on or before 3rd November

Small Party Discount


35% discount applies for parties of 8 guests or fewer using 4 bedrooms. NB not including Christmas & New Year.

If you think your booking is eligible tick the box below. Our office staff will check your booking before confirming it.

Where applicable, the Small Party Discount supersedes any other Special Offer, available at the time of booking.


To stay in this extraordinary, historic, Grade II* house is a unique experience. Deeply atmospheric, the principal rooms exude a tremendous sense of history and contain many fine examples of period features. Set in superb grounds on the edge of the charming village of Tollard Royal, King John’s House is perfect for a special celebration be it a ‘milestone’ birthday, important wedding anniversary or a large family reunion. The medieval entrance hall provides a wonderful reception area and guests will be able to dine in style in the Tudor panelled dining room.

The Rushmore Estate lies within the larger area known as the Cranborne Chase, once a royal hunting ground, and perhaps one of the best examples of a typical ‘English’ landscape anywhere in the country. The higher ground affords wonderful views as far as the Isle of Wight and there are superb walks in the area including a number of ‘droves’ – green lanes where once oxen and cattle were herded to market. Comprising 7,000 acres in total, the estate contains one of the largest swathes of broad-leaved woodland in southern England and is a wildlife site of national importance. The estate includes the Larmer Tree Victorian pleasure gardens, a 20 minute walk from the house while for keen golfers, Rushmore Golf Club, an excellent 18 hole parkland course, is a few minutes’ drive. In Tollard Royal itself The King John Inn serves mouth-watering food, a good selection of ales and fine wines.

Further afield, the Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury, the cathedral city of Salisbury and the New Forest National Park are all easy destinations for a day’s exploring. The beautiful Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, is an hour’s drive and richly rewards a visit.

The original building on the site of the house was a hunting ‘box’ used by King John in the very early years of the 13th century. He held a ‘knight’s fee’ through his second wife Isabella, and would meet the other huntsmen under the nearby Larmer Tree, originally a wych elm which was later replaced by an oak. Later they would eat at the lodge.

The central part of the current King John’s House was built in 1240, shortly after the King’s death in 1216; and this is where guests will enter, into the medieval hall with its huge fireplace, long stone-mullioned window overlooking the garden and water feature, and very unusual small ‘loophole’ window. Further rooms lead from the oldest parts of the house to the Tudor additions where some of the original fine panelling still remains.

King John's House is featured in the Sunday Times Travel article, "Britain's Coolest Party Pad and 12 other prime properties for your next grand get-together" 02 October 2016.


The House

Ground floor: Entrance through ancient oak door from courtyard into the medieval hall with its huge open fireplace and flagged floor. Impressive, oak-panelled dining room in the Tudor addition to the house with original fireplace now containing a gas fire. Large, well-equipped kitchen with breakfast table. Outer room incorporating a big walk-in larder, utility area and secondary entrance at the side of the house. Study on other side of hall with wall-mounted, HD 60” TV. Inner hall leading to a shower room/wc and connecting door to the annexe. Main, wide oak staircase to landing and inner lobby.

1st floor: Large, beautiful drawing room corresponding to the hall below in the original part of house with large window overlooking the garden below and open fireplace. From inner lobby, two bedrooms, both with half-tester canopies and zip & link beds offering a choice of super kingsize doubles or adjacent twin beds; en suite shower room/wc in both bedrooms. Twin bedroom with Tudor panelling and decorative, herringbone brick fireplace. Separate bathroom/wc with independent shower over bath (adjacent to the bedroom but also accessible to others). Master bedroom with kingsize bed, dressing area and luxurious, contemporary shower room/wc with big walk-in shower. On landing, cupboard containing a small drinks ‘bar’. Further narrow stairs to landing.

2nd floor: Large attic bedroom with twin beds which can be made up as a super king-size double if required. (Please specify on your guest details form if you require this). Smaller single bedroom. Bathroom/wc with roll-top bath and separate shower cubicle.

Annexe: (accessed from main house or from outside via courtyard): Large sitting room with view over the garden. Two bedrooms, one with zip & link beds offering a choice of super kingsize double or twin beds and one with twin beds. Bathroom/wc with shower over the bath. Small fitted kitchen with electric oven/hob.

The Gardens

The beautifully maintained gardens at King John’s House are enchanting. Laid out in a formal manner close to the house, further away they blend seamlessly into the surrounding countryside. A long vista at the rear of the house leads the eye past a series of ascending rectangular pools and a fountain to a folly in the far distance. The long, grass pathways passing through avenues of pleached lime and cypress trees are a wonderful way to explore this imaginatively landscaped outdoor space. One of these walkways leads down to the exotic ‘Japanese’ garden where a pagoda overlooks a series of ornamental ponds containing koi carp and various aquatic features. This is a perfect place to relax with a drink or enjoy a barbecue. Inside the pagoda there’s a shower, sauna and some wet-weather seating. Alternatively enjoy a game of croquet on the 'top lawn' near the entrance to the house - croquet set provided. (NB children must be supervised in the grounds at all times).


  • Open fires
  • Oil/gas fired central heating
  • Logs, oil, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels & welcome pack included in rent
  • **Space for visitors' own cot
  • Flat screen TVs (freeview) in study and first floor bedrooms
  • WiFi broadband
  • Sonos music system
  • Two washing machines & tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Gas ‘range’ style cooker with two ovens
  • Separate warming oven
  • Microwave
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Extra fridges in pantry and in annexe
  • Drinks fridge
  • Sauna
  • Gas barbecue
  • Catering can be arranged for special celebration meals
  • Hire of a chef by arrangement
  • Ample parking
  • Excellent pub (The King John Inn) a few minutes’ walk
  • Local shopping in Shaftesbury 8 miles or Blandford 10 miles
  • Well behaved dogs (max 2) by arrangement
  • Non smokers only
  • £350 refundable dilapidations deposit payable on booking


What our guests say

Wonderful house

House and gardens beautiful. Waterfall and Koi ponds very unusual for a rental house. The dogs loved all the space, as did my daughters boyfriend for the drone flying space.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 31 July 2017. 5 of 5 stars

Amazing Experience!

Ideal and beautiful location for a big family get-together with ages ranging from 11 weeks to 86 years. Everyone, including the dog, had a wonderfully comfortable stay. A very spacious property but warm and homely, there was nothing we needed because everything was provided - felt like we staying with friends. Stunning grounds enjoyed and used by us all, especially the oldies who just sat and enjoyed the peace and quiet. Some lovely walks around the property but also lots to do for those who wanted to venture out in the car. Would love to stay again, maybe for our next get-together!

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 07 June 2017. 5 of 5 stars

A fantastic place for our bi-annual family get together, especially to welcome a new baby. We've had a wonderful time together in a beautiful house and setting. Outstanding house and gardens. The children enjoyed playing outside in the fantastic weather - a perfect setting for a family get together. We had a treasure hunt in the house, gardens and village - great fun!

The Doe family, June 2017
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Beautiful historic house to spend a fun family birthday weekend - thoroughly enjoyed by all. Fantastic!

The Edwards family, March 2017.

A beautiful, quirky home - great for our 50th birthday celebrations

Impressive and grand but informal and warm at the same time. Big rooms, huge ceilings, lots of space for our group to spread out. A wonderful quirky house with two huge fireplaces and lots of comfy seating. Really well equipped kitchen which our professional chef friends really appreciated. Great walks on doorstep and a pub although we didn't have time to test that out!

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 08 February 2017. 5 of 5 stars

Stunning house and grounds, and it's all yours!

King John’s House is a place where guests can enjoy the awe-inspiring period features whilst utilising the perks and practicalities of modern day life. Everything required was available; bottled water, clean towels, ‘endless’ chopped wood for the magnificent open fireplace. The welcome hamper was a warm gesture, typical of the nice, little touches we benefited from. I should say most of us had no service on our phones, which was a rare luxury, but the wifi connected seamlessly. The Japanese gardens are astonishing and offer surreal surroundings so different from the historic house. Beyond that is traditional English landscape perfect for scenic walks. There were 8 of us in total and yet no battling over bedrooms ensued as they are all fantastic in their own way. Great location, great house, stunning grounds - a weekend to remember.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 01 February 2017. 5 of 5 stars

We just wanted to send a review for our recent stay over New Year. What a special place to stay and bring in the New Year. Everything was perfect. The welcome pack was a lovely touch and all manner of cooking and dining paraphernalia was provided. Beautiful rooms, stunning grounds and a wonderful sense of history about the place; we felt like kings. Thank you for everything; we very much look forward to staying again soon.

Rowan Walker and party, January 2017

Super break with some wonderful walks.

Guests, October 2016

We had the most amazing stay in this fantastic house - we did not want to leave!

Guests, June 2016
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