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Athelhampton House

Often referred to and marketed as The Quintessential English Manor, Athelhamton House is a remarkable and stunning period property, with parts of the building dating back to Tudor times.
The house was built by Sir William Martyn, and was the family seat for four generations.
Towards the end of the 19th Century the house found itself almost derelict before being saved and subsequently restored in the 1890s by Alfred Car de Lafontaine.
Thomas Hardy, the famous the famous Dorset author, visited the house on a number of occasions and at the age of 19 painted a water-colour painting of the house, which interestingly he called Athelhall.
In 1957, Athelhampton was acquired by the Cooke family in 1957 and is still used today as a family home aswell as attracting many 1000s of visitors.
The Great Hall is an exceptional example of early tudor architecture with heraldic glass, linenfol panelling and its original carved roof timbers.
The house features an fabulous collection of English furniture from the Jacobean to late Victorian periods.
Marevna Exhibition – Marevna was a russian artist who painted in a cubist style, she lived at Athelhampton between 1948 and 1956, and a collection of her works is found in the west wing of the house.
The house, gardens and catering facilities at Athelhampton make it a unique and picturesque setting for your wedding and, or reception. Athelhampton holds a Civil Marriage Licence.

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