Built between 1831 and 1836, Highcliffe Castle is an outstanding piece of Romantic and Picturesque style architecture. It's significance is re-inforced by its Grade 1 status on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural and Historical Interest.
The building was commisioned by Lord Stuart de Rothesay, a local diplomat who had known and loved the cliff top site since he was a boy. It's design used a large amount of Medieval French masonry that was shipped across the Channel specially for this project.
The lavishly furnishe building remained the family home until the 1950's. In the 1960's 2 fires rendered the building derelict, however in 1977 Christchurch Borough Council bought the site to prevent further deterioration.
A huge renovation project began in the 1990's, which has restored this beautiful building and gardens into this popular tourist attraction. Dedicated stewards are on hand in each room to inform you how the building was and how it's been renovated.
Address - Rothesay Dr, Highcliffe, Dorset BH23 4LE