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Athelhampton House and Gardens

Athelhampton, Dorchester DT2 7LG, England
+44 1305 848363
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A hidden gem

A hidden gem with lovely gardens and interesting house history, very relaxed atmosphere for all... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lovely house and gardens!!

Spent a lovely few hours here. The in-house guide was excellent and she made our visit so... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Kent, United Kingdom
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  • Average5%
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Athelhampton, Dorchester DT2 7LG, England
+44 1305 848363

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Reviewed 3 days ago

A hidden gem with lovely gardens and interesting house history, very relaxed atmosphere for all. Restuarant serving good food selection. Plenty of room for children to explore

Thank 554shaunv
Reviewed 4 days ago

Spent a lovely few hours here. The in-house guide was excellent and she made our visit so interesting with her incredible knowledge. The gardens were beautiful and evidently kept in pristine condition with the help of just 5 part time gardeners. The tea room/ restaurant...More

Thank greycoteruston
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a privately owned house and gardens which is still occupied. The gardens are superb, with lots of different water features and the River Piddle on one boundary. The topiary is really something special. The house is originally Tudor, but it's gone through a...More

Thank Deezzaa
Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited on a rainy day ,there was a lovely open fire in the great hall.The guides were informative and friendly.

Thank grotbags
Reviewed 6 days ago

We have visited Athelhampton House on several occasions. The gardens are beautiful butan added bonus is the Carvey they serve in the restaurant is delicious ... well cooked and plenty of it. Staff are very helpful and pleasant.

Thank Maxine P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although the house and grounds are well worth a visit, you don't have to visit the house to enjoy the great food in the restaurant. Sunday lunch is a treat, with traditional roasts and all the trimmings on the menu together with other very tasty...More

Thank Harricobean
Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been here twice in the last three days - once visiting with a friend and once for lunch with a large group. It was grey and damp when we looked round the gardens but that didn't stop us enjoying them. We were very helpfully...More

Thank Bon444
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely old house. Plenty of rooms to view at your own pace. Also, nice, well maintained gardens. The staff were pleasant and helpful. We had a voucher for one adult pays full price another gets in free - a bargain.

Thank Ian K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This house is set in a fantastic location, the gardens are worth a visit, the house is a great building. The interior has not altered over the years and shows what life was all about . Good Cafe/restaurant/gift shop. Car park by entrance.More

Thank doddflier640
Owen D, Director of Sales at Athelhampton House and Gardens, responded to this review

Dear doddflier640 Thanks for the great review, 5 stars.. thanks thats very kind.! You are quite correct the interiors of the house have not changed for hundreds of years, the linenfold panelling in the Great Hall is just stunning, especially when the light comes through...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't go in the house the girl on the till didn't offer that option just said 'the garden' So we assumed the house was not open which was a pity, we looked through the windows and it looked really interesting but quite dark so...More

2  Thank Jane S
Owen D, Director of Sales at Athelhampton House and Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Jane S Many thanks for the review. I appreciate the annoyance that finding us closed must have caused you, but please don't take it out on us.. it seems a little unfair. It was clearly explained to you when you arrived, that Athelhampton is...More

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Hi how long does it roughly take to visit Athelhampton House, I don't live in the area, and was thinking of bringing my elderly mother along to Athelhampton in between visiting family in the area.
19 January 2017|
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Hi is it possible to get a train to this attraction from Salisbury? Also how should I allow to get round this attraction?
14 January 2017|
Response from chadwood77 | Reviewed this property |
Sadly Athelhampton is several miles from the nearest stations at Dorchester although it is possible to transfer by taxi. It would take between one hour and two hours to tour the house and garden.
How do I get there using public transportation? - is it easily possible from Dorchester.. Thanks John B
12 July 2016|
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Response from Sophia D | Reviewed this property |
I believe there is a bus service (First bus service 187) which can get you to the nearby village of Puddletown, but I am not sure how often or how far it goes.