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Brief description of site

Highcliffe Castle is an early-19th-century house, built to replace another within a park being eroded by the sea. The lawns and shrubbery walks remain but the famous botanic gardens are gone.

Brief history of site

William Donthorne was employed by Lord Stuart de Rothesay to build a house on the estate his grandfather had previously sold off.

Location information:

Address: Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe, BH23 4LE

Locality: Christchurch

Local Authorities:

Dorset; Christchurch; Highcliffe

Historical County: Dorset

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 195 Grid Ref: SZ203932
Latitude: 50.7381 Longitude: -1.71369

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The castle is open between February and December. Please see:

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site Style : Picturesque

Site first created: 1831 to 1835

Main period of development: Early 19th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 13

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