Athelhampton House

This lovely house near Puddletown in Dorset is a real gem – from Tudor origins with later additions, it’s a real treasure trove of detail, and unlike some of the stuffier visitor attractions, it’s staffed by friendly people who are happy for you to touch things, take photos and sit on the chairs. The scale is relatively modest, and it’s easy to imagine people living in the rooms, which are nicely staged.

View of the house and one of the gardens

Outside are lovely formal gardens, a huge dovecote with cooing residents, and a riverside walk by the clear waters of the River Piddle (yes, really).

Here is my patchwork of impressions from a couple of visits.

Athelhampton House, Board Walk, Athelhampton, Dorset, England, DT2 7LG, United Kingdom