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Athelhampton House & Gardens

Athelhampton

Dorchester, Dorset

DT2 7LG

Website: www.athelhampton.co.uk

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Telephone: (01305) 848 363

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History:

Athelhampton is steeped in a thousand years of history and its house has stood for over five centuries. The house was built by Sir William Martyn in 1485 who was granted 160 acres of deer park. Alfred Cart de Lafontaine purchased the house in 1891 who restored it and created the formal garden that stands today. The Gardens are Grade I listed and are in Elizabethan ham stone courts.

There are links to Thomas Hardy and Athelhampton House; Hardy's family, his father a master stonemason, worked on the restoration. Athelhampton was included in two of his poems. Hardy visited actually visited the house many times and at the age of 19 painted a watercolour of it. His cousin, Tryphena Sparks attended the elementary school situated in the grounds of the house at the time.

The housed is owned today by Patrick Cooke, son of Sir Robert Cooke MP.

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Visitors will discover a magnificent example of early Tudor architecture with magnificent interiors including heraldic glass, linenfold, panelling and antique furnishings.

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Admission Prices:  15% Discount Online