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Athelhampton House and Gardens

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Address: Athelhampton, Dorchester DT2 7LG, England
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+44 1305 848363
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Thu 09:30 - 17:00
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This 15th-century house has a peaceful garden dating from 1891.

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well cared for old house and grounds

high quality experience in beautiful house and gardens supplemented by praiseworthy restaurant and gift shop.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 January 2017
david trevor j
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Dorchester, United Kingdom

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Glastonbury, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were tight for time when we visited last october, and arrived at opening time, only to find it wasn't opening time for the house. Walking around the garden in october in the drizzle not a good alternative. The people who arrived at the same time as us were also annoyed. I cannot believe we are the first people to... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

high quality experience in beautiful house and gardens supplemented by praiseworthy restaurant and gift shop.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Really enjoyed our visit to Athelhampton - the house and grounds are really impressive. We visited in autumn and it looked simply stunning.

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Surrey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

This privately owned house and gardens is a joy to visit. The house is wonderfully preserved and presented. The staff are knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. The gardens are well tended and the strong, beside the river Piddle is delightful. The restaurant is spotlessly clean, offers a good selection from the menu and can take credit for an excellent Sunday carvery.... More 

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1 Thank Porthopper
Owen D, Manager at Athelhampton House and Gardens, responded to this review

Hi Porthopper Thanks for the great 5 star review, so pleased to read that you had a great time at Athelhampton. Thanks for you kind words about the restaurant and carvery, we use fresh local and seasonal produce, and that makes a world of difference. Thank very much, hope to see you again Owen More 

Lewes, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful spot. Not too big that you get lost but not too small that its over in 5 mins. Quaint house with romantic gardens and grounds. A tranquil relaxing walk out. Well kitted out shop & restaurant selling good selection of lunches & beverages. Live fairly close now so this is our local & will be back... More 

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

Dear kaz c Thanks for the great review.. I so pleased that you live close and that you hope to visit us again.. When you do please ask for me, and I will say hello! You could consider on of our season tickets, to give free entry and discounts on food and drink! It does not take long to pay... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Up to 50 stalls selling ales, ciders, cheeses, meats and sweet products. Free car parking and reasonable entrance fees at £2.50 per person. Good fun on the lead up to Christmas

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

Dear graham a Thanks for the review, so pleased that you had a great time, its one of annual events (Open air theatre, flower show, car rally, village fete etc) and has some of the counties best food and drink producers. Hope to see you next year! Best wishes Owen More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

We visited Athelhampton House for a friend's wedding. The day was a winter washout but this venue transformed the day and was simply perfect. A proper old English venue, with a roaring fire, professional house staff and everything you could need including a hall, glass atrium and full bar. A wonderful setting and well worth a visit.

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

Dear Our_Tim Thanks for the great review for Saturdays wedding, it certainly was a washout, I spend much of the time handing out brollies on the front gate! I am so pleased that you had a great time, I do hope you get the chance to visit on a sunny day to view the stunning gardens. Best wishes Owen More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Just been to a lovely ball here, drinks served in the beautiful hall then a short walk to the annexe for a most fantastic meal. Starter was leek and mushroom puff pastry tart with melted Brie then fillet of beef with delicious vegetables, pudding 3 mini desserts then to follow cheeses with biscuits and grapes plus coffee and mints. Usually... More 

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

Dear tissueharmonics Many thanks for the great review, especially as it was for one of events at Athelhampton, which though we do so many banquets, weddings and function the reviews are a rarity. We apply our high standard of catering to everything we do, and use fresh seasonal ingredients throughout our menus, we work hard to avoid those bland crowd... More 

Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

We won a family ticket in a raffle, so came here with our two 6 year olds. It is a lovely house and gardens, which kept the interest of the children for a couple of hours. What really made it was the fantastic staff - so friendly and informative, one of whom even handed out roasted marshmallows from the fire!... More 

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

Dear ToneSenior Thanks for the great review, so glad you had a great time and the children enjoyed it as well. Well done for winning the ticket, we love helping local charities with their raffles, but sadly not everyone uses theirs. I appreciate that you don't think you would pay full price to visit again, but our Family Admission is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

I have been attempting to visit Athelhampton House all year but the traffic from the South has stopped me. I finally made it during half term with my 14 yr old son. What a beautiful house. We were both in awe of the made up rooms, the roaring open fire and the ghostly tales from the very helpful curator. The... More 

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

Dear Katherine S Thanks for the lovely review, with 5 stars, very kind. So pleased that you finally made it over to visit without the battle with the traffic.! I was pleased to read that you had a cream tea, and that you found the price to be good as well! I do hope that you get the chance to... More 

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