Chantmarle is a large and beautiful stone Grade I listed manor house dating from the early 17th century. At the entrance are two huge 20th century  imitation cottages which serve as lodges.

The history of Chantmarle goes back much further than the present mansion. The manor was recorded as Chauntemerle in 1288, Cammerle 1310 and Chantemerle 1345 and takes its name from the Chauntemerle family who were recorded as having lands in this area from the 13th century.

For several years at the beginning of the 18th century a ghost had been reportedly heard in the Great Hall to repeat  three times 'Search for Wat Perkins!'  This occurred on the same night each year.  Then two workmen clearing a ditch found a headless skeleton. Following an investigation a widow living at nearby 'Kit Whistle' cottage confessed to the murder of a Scottish peddler some 22 years before.  She had buried his head under the cottages hearth stone and disposed of the body in the ditch. It is said that after her arrest the ghost was never heard from again.

Unusually, the early 20th century formal terraced and water gardens are Grade II listed separately. The gardens contain work by the architect Edward Prioleau Warren (1856-1937) and landscape designer Francis Inigo Thomas (1866-1950)

For many years Chantmarle was the Dorset Police Training College before finally closing it doors and being sold in 1995.

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