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Athelhampton House and Gardens

Athelhampton, Dorchester DT2 7LG, England
+44 1305 848363
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Well worth a visit

A really picturesque house with fantastic grounds. They have done a lot of work to the walled... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
jfh931
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
A beautiful house and tranquil riverside gardens

We went to this property after not visiting for some 7 years and still found it to be beautifully... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ali B
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Athelhampton House is one of England's finest Tudor Manor Houses. Dating from 1485, the Great Hall is a fine example of domestic Tudor architecture, the house has many interesting rooms, filled with antique furnishings and art. The Gardens remodelled in 1891 surround the House, with many 'compartments' built with Ham stone, each with a different style or theme, each with a water feature of a pond or fountain. The Great Court features the 12 world famous giant yew tree pyramids. The House and Gardens are protected by a Grade 1 listing, and are well maintained to protect for future generations. An excellent visitor centre with restaurant, tea room, gift shop and plant sales area complete the attraction. Enjoy a great Lunch or afternoon tea. See our website for special offers.
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Athelhampton, Dorchester DT2 7LG, England
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+44 1305 848363
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A really picturesque house with fantastic grounds. They have done a lot of work to the walled garden recently which is worth a look. Enjoyed walking by the river. Great lunch too.

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Patrick C, Owner at Athelhampton House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Your very kind comments are much appreciated

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to this property after not visiting for some 7 years and still found it to be beautifully kept with great facilities. The kitchen garden is a recent restoration and will look lovely once established. The walk along the river piddle is very lovely...More

Thank Ali B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a truly delightful building and gardens to explore. We have visited a couple of times and been fortunate enough to have attended a wedding here, what a location.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have never been to a place where all the staff were so friendly, welcoming and helpful. They seemed one big happy family! The Tudor house was incredible and the self tour aided by the provided guide book just flowed well. The gardens were a...More

1  Thank Paul A
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Owen D, Director of Sales at Athelhampton House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Paul A Many thanks for the fabulous review. At Athelhampton we are a big happy family, it is a superb place to work, we are so lucky and well looked after. I am so pleased to read that you enjoyed everything so much and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Athelhampton house and gardens is a must to visit when in Dorset! In a picturesque setting the house is steeped in history and the gardens are immaculately kept. A beautiful place for a wedding and we can speak from experience as our daughter had her...More

1  Thank Carole F
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Owen D, Director of Sales at Athelhampton House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Carole F Many thanks for the great review, that is really kind. We work hard to make sure that Athelhampton is kept in the best order possible, the formal gardens look amazing at this time of year, and the more natural areas are literally...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Superb tea rooms with excellent service, interesting house which is well worth a visit, the guide was very approachable and interesting obviously loved the house. The gardens are one of my favourite to visit lots of different small parts each with their own appeal something...More

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Patrick C, Owner at Athelhampton House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you. Kind comments very much appreciated

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are fortunate enough to have moved to Dorset recently after 14 years in Devon. So many wonderful things to see. Dorset Council gave its residents 2 for 1 vouchers for local attractions and after reading reviews Athelhampton was top of our list. I love...More

Thank Proudtitania
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Owen D, Director of Sales at Athelhampton House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Proudtitania Many thanks for the review, and welcome to Dorset! It's a great idea, residents week, a great reminder of what is on the doorstep! You are quite right we did have a couple of reviews comparing us and our pricing to Chatsworth and...More

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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

The gardens are quite magical and perfect for young children to run around and explore for a couple of hours. The house is interesting, helped by engaging and knowledgeable staff. The restaurant was also good. Big portions and good quality food. Kids meals were huge.

Thank Robin L
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

Lovely place, from start to finish. Car parking. Excellent tea room / restaurant from Sunday to Thursday inclusive, with small bar attached. Very interesting house with its many small staircases opening into period rooms (Victorian - Jacobean). Take time to wander around the lovely gardens...More

Thank Mike M
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Was treated to a day out at Athelhampton House with my daughter. Didn't know this place existed. Felt like a country retreat away. It was very quiet and quite grand. The gardens were nice but some parts looked unkempt and empty, although outside was a...More

1  Thank RubyWelsh
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Treetops61
12 April 2018|
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Response from marshallls28 | Reviewed this property |
No think it's privately owned.
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Gail P
31 December 2017|
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Response from marshallls28 | Reviewed this property |
Hi yes lots of children there when we went.
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