Athelhampton House & Gardens
5 acres of formal gardens and 18 historic rooms to view.
Athelhampton nestles in the Piddle valley, between Tolpuddle and Puddletown, and is easily reached from the A35 main road.
The ancient manor of Athelhampton has been continually lived in since Saxon times. The manor is mentioned in the Domesday book.
The current house was largely constructed in Tudor times, with the Great Hall built by Sir William Martyn in 1485, considered one of the finest examples of Tudor architecture in England.
The house was extended in Elizabethan times when the West Wing and Kitchen Wings were added. The Kitchen opened to the public for the first time in 2022.
in 1891, Athelhampton was purchased by the young Victorian gentleman, Alfred Cart de Lafontaine who created the fabulous gardens and restored the house taking advice from his friend and mentor Thomas Hardy.
Why not come and visit? Athelhampton is open throughout the seasons, with a restaurant, and gift shop.