Clare Hall stands on the site once occupied by the manor house of Ston Easton minor. In 1660
John Dory
bought the manor house from Thomas Chafin, lord of the manor of Ston Easton minor.
The Dory family lived here until at least the 1770s. The house was acquired by the Hippisley
family in the 19th century. Christine Hippisley lived here after the death of her husband Ivan,
and it later became the home of her daughter Ivy. Ivy's nephew John Preston Hippisley lived
at Clare Hall until his death in 1983, having been forced to sell Ston Easton Park following the
death of his father Bayntun. Clare Hall became a BUPA nursing home in 1986.