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“Art gem”

Athelhampton House and Gardens
Ranked #4 of 37 things to do in Dorchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 17, 2012

We visited the art collection here, not knowing about Marevna and the Montparnasse artists group. A great collection.
The house was interesting also, and the gardens well worth a visit. A bonus for us was the fine restaurant attached. There was a large car park, and adequate facilities.

Date of experience: April 2012
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

Firstly, thank you Anna and the rest of the staff who made us so welcome, even though were were just day-trippers! Great gardens - loved seeing the topiary and formality next to the picturesque Piddle (lots of birdlife too - wagtails, a goldcrest). And the house was wonderful - somewhere which must be a delight to live - full of history and atmosphere. We spent a happy 3 hours there, finished off by lunch in the restaurant (very busy - and I was almost charged £2 for some tap water! But no harm done in the end.). And thank you so much for allowing visitors to take photographs inside the house! Much appreciated! Highly recommended!

Date of experience: December 2012
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

We regularly go to Athelhampton because of it's magical atmosphere, brilliant staff, and great food. The fact that it is picturesque is reflected in its use for historical movies, fashion shoots, and a recent pop video. The gardens are gorgeous, and interesting - especially for those of us who love photography. If you love art, it is also the home of a very good collection of paintings by the artist Marevna, housed in well-lit attic galleries. Cinema lovers may also indulge in what has to be one of the nicest cosy cinemas around. Opening times vary, so it's always best to check. Sometimes the house and gardens are closed because of weddings or other events - so, as I suggested, check before you travel.

Date of experience: December 2012
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

An interesting and reasonably well presented historic house with an attractive garden that takes about 2 hours to visit.

Cheaper to visit if you eat in the quite expensive restaurant or you buy your tickets online. Very expensive to visit if you just turn up!

Date of experience: September 2012
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

Great garden and the restaurant and staff 10 out of 10.

We went for Sunday lunch £11.95 but the choice of meat and vegetables and condiments were fantastic, the best lunch in Dorset.

Note to the management team get a sign on the road to advertise we drove past then as an afterthought decided to venture in glad we did

Date of experience: November 2012
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Owen D, Manager at Athelhampton House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2012

Many thanks for your review. I am delighted you had a great lunch, we work hard to make our Carvery the best possible with all fresh seasonal vegetables, locally sourced meat and real homemade pan-gravy. We will, as you suggest have a look for some suitable road signage. Thanks again & best wishes

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