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In 900 acres of Capability Brown designed parkland, it is regarded as one of the finest examples of Elizabethan architecture in Britain. Sir John Thynne built the house in 1568. Queen Elizabeth 1 visited in 1574.  
Opening Times: 17-25 Feb & 31 Mar-4 Nov. House 10am-5pm. Safari Pk 10am-4pm
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Entrance fee: £10 house and grounds. £20 for all attractions.
Daytime Tel: 01985 844400
Email: enquiries@longleat.co.uk
Website: www.longleat.co.uk

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Magnificent Elizabethan house set in grounds landscaped and laid out by Capability Brown in the 1760s and later by Humphrey Repton. Internationally renowned picture collection housed in beautiful 18thC interiors.  
Opening Times: 20 Mar-30 Sept: 2-5.30pm except Mon & Fri. 1 Oct-19 Mar: w'ends only 2-4.30pm
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Season: Closed December.
Entrance fee: House and gardens £6.50, gardens only £2.50, Groups £5
Daytime Tel: 01249 701610
Email: leonora.martin@corsham-court.co.uk
Website: www.corsham-court.com

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Athelhampton is one of the finest 15thC manors. Its Tudor Great Hall is exceptional. Its Grade 1 listed award winning gardens date from 1891.  
Opening Times: Mar to Oct 10.30am – 5.00pm Sunday to Thursday. Nov-Feb Sundays only 10.30am – 5.00pm.
Entrance fee: Adults £8.50. Concessions.
Daytime Tel: 01305 848363
Email: enquiry@athelhampton.co.uk
Website: www.athelhampton.co.uk

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The house dates back to the 11th century aw a fine Palladian mansion. The state rooms are magnificently decorated.  
Opening Times: Sun. and Bank Hol. Mons., May-Sept., 14.30-17.30
Entrance fee: £4.00
Daytime Tel: 01962 779260
Email: enquiries@avingtonpark.co.uk
Website: www.avingtonpark.co.uk

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This Tudor manor house combines pure Gothic style with a French Renaissance influence.  
Opening Times: Daily except Wed. 1 April-30 Sept., 11.00-17.30. Thurs.-Sun, 4-28 Mar, 1-31 Oct., 11.00-16.30
Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn
Entrance fee: £7.00, groups £6.00
Daytime Tel: 01460 243121
Email: nikki.white@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wessex

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The Palace House has been the home of the Montagu family since 1538. Before then it was Beaulieu Abbey founded in 1204.  
Opening Times: May - Sept. 10.00-18.00, Oct.-April 10.00-17.00
Entrance fee: £14.00 inclusive
Daytime Tel: 01590 614789
Email: stephenmunn@beaulieu.co.uk
Website: www.beaulieu.co.uk

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King John granted the Bishop of Wells land for a residence and a deer park. Parts of the Palace date from that time.  
Opening Times: Open all year.
Entrance fee: £4
Daytime Tel: 01749 678691
Website: www.bishopspalacewells.co.uk

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Opening Times: 1 Apr.-31 Oct., 11.00-17.30, grounds 11.00-18.00
Season: 1 April-31 Oct.
Entrance fee: £7.50, groups £6.50
Daytime Tel: 01249 812102
Email: c.snape@bowood.org
Website: www.bowood.org

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This fine Elizabethan manor house is set in the picturesque village of Breamore on the edge of the New Forest. It was completed in 1583.  
Opening Times: Tue. and Sun., Mar, April. Daily except Mon. and Fri. May-Sept. 14.00-17.30
Entrance fee: £7.00. Grounds £6.00
Daytime Tel: 01725 512 233
Email: breamore@ukonline.co.uk
Website: www.breamorehouse.com

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Broadlands is an elegant Palladian mansion in a beautiful landscaped setting. It contains the art treasures and mementoes collected over the years.  
Opening Times: Weekdays 28 June-1 Sept. 13.00-17.30. Guided tours only. Last tour 16.00
Season: 28 June-1 September
Entrance fee: £8.00 for house and Mountbatten Museum
Daytime Tel: 01794 505010
Email: admin@broadlands.net
Website: www.broadlands.net

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A Queen Anne manor house with a 5 acre garden including lawns, colourful herbaceous borders and a new rose garden.  
Opening Times: Easter to end September 11.00-17.00
Entrance fee: £3.50
Daytime Tel: 01258 830858
Email: noemail@anywhere.com
Website: www.aboutbritain.com/chettlehouse.htm

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The house was built in 1320 by St. John de Clevedon. It incorporates a massive 13th century tower and great hall.  
Opening Times: Wed, Thurs & Sun 4 Apr-30 Sep. Timed tickets in midsummer
Entrance fee: £5.00
Daytime Tel: 01275 872257
Email: clevedoncourt@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wessex

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The rural retreat of TE.Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) who bought this isolated cottage in 1925.  
Opening Times: Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun. 1Apr - 31 Oct, 12 noon - 5pm.
Entrance fee: £3.10
This is often regarded as one of the finest small classic medieval manor houses in England.  
 
Season: All year
Entrance fee: £4
Daytime Tel: 01823 672 283
Email: cothaymanor@realemail.co.uk
Website: www.visitourgardens.co.uk/gardens/cothay.htm

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Dyrham House was built in 1691-1702 by William Blathwayt, William III's Secretary of War. It is set in 274 acres of gardens and parkland.  
Opening Times: 25 Mar-31 Oct: daily 12am-5pm except Wed & Thurs.
Entrance fee: £8.30, house, park and garden
Daytime Tel: 01179 372501
Email: dyrhampark@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wessex

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A charming blend of Tudor and Georgian architecture with an interesting interior.  
Opening Times: Open Wednesdays and Mon holidays, Apr to Oct 2pm - 5pm
Entrance fee: £3.00
Part of a medieval manor house with an interior considered by Pevsner to be the most spectacular in Dorset, especially the splendid roof.  
Opening Times: Open. Daily 1Apr - 30 Sept, 10am - 6pm. 1 Nov - 31 Mar. 10am - 4pm.
Entrance fee: Free
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Founded by Cistercians over 800 years ago, and one of the most learned monasteries in England. South West Tourism's Small Visitor Attraction of 2006.  
Opening Times: open daily all year 10.00-16.30
Entrance fee: £7.70 (house and garden) £4.10 garden only
Daytime Tel: 01460 220231
Email: fordeabbey@virgin.net
Website: www.fordeabbey.co.uk

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A small historic manor of great charm that had its origins in the 12th century. It is a past seat of the Turberville family.  
Opening Times: House is open all year for groups of 15+or more by appointment
Entrance fee: £5.50
Daytime Tel: 01984 667 213
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Completed in 1480, the manor house is enhanced by a moat and a gatehouse. It has beautiful oriel windows and a great hall.  
Opening Times: Tues., Wed., Thurs., 30 March-28 October, 12.00-17.30. Admission by guided tour. First at 12.15, last at 16.30.
Season: End March-end October
Entrance fee: £4.40
Daytime Tel: 01225 782239
Email: noemail@house.co.uk
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wessex

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It has been called a monument to the Edwardian Arts and Crafts movement.  
Opening Times: Daily except Sun., 1 April-30 October, 14.15-17.00.
Season: 1 April-30 October
Entrance fee: £4.00. Timed guided tours.
Daytime Tel: 01794 390215
Email: n.oemail@hamptworth.co.uk
Website: www.hamptworthestate.co.uk

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Thomas Hardy was born in this small cottage in 1840 and, from her, went to school in Dorchester. The cottage has remained largely unchanged.  
Opening Times: Open. Daily except Tue and Wed. 1 Apr - 1 Nov 11am - 5pm
Entrance fee: £3.00
A Georgian town house and garden. It was the home of the astronomer, William Herschel who discovered the planet, Uranus in 1781. Audio tour.  
Opening Times: 10 Feb-30 Nov: daily except Wed. 2-5pm. W'ends: 11am-5pm.
Entrance fee: £3.50
An atmospheric L-shaped 16th century house. It looks out over the downs , solitary and beautiful. Tours by the owner  
Opening Times: Open. May - Sept. By appointment only
A fine example of the Georgian picturesque cottage ornee architecture.  
Opening Times: Open by appointment only. The garden is open Mar. to Sept.
Entrance fee: £5.00
Home of the Bankes family for 300 years, this 17th century house was substantially altered in the substantially altered in the 19th.  
Opening Times: Daily except Mon., Tues., 20 March-31 October, 11.00-17.00
Season: 20 March-31 October
Entrance fee: £7.20 house and grounds
Daytime Tel: 01202 883402
Email: kingstonlacy@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wessex

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A late 15th century stone house, altered in the 17th century.  
 
Entrance fee: £2.00
This is the ancestral home of the Bolingbrokes which they rebuilt in 1743. Set in rolling lawns and woodland.  
Opening Times: Daily, all year 10.00-17.00. Sun., 14.00-17.00. Winter close 16.00
Season: Dairly all year
Entrance fee: £1.50
Daytime Tel: 01793 770401
Email: lydiardpark@swindon.gov.uk
Website: www.lydiardpark.org.uk

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An attractive manor house with a 14th century chapel and its 15th century Great Hall was enlarged in the 16th century and fully restored in the 20th.  
Opening Times: Wed., Fri., Sat., Sun., + Bank Hols.
Season: 22 April-22 Oct.
Entrance fee: £5.00 house and Garden, £3.50 garden only
Daytime Tel: 01458 224471
Email: lytescarymanor@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website: www.nationaltrust.org..uk/wessex

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An Elizabethan mansion of the 1590Æs, extended in the 1660Æs and redecorated in the 18th century. The interior is primarily Jacobean in character  
 
Entrance fee: £2.50
Daytime Tel: 01308 862 645
Email: office@mapperton.com
Website: www.mapperton.com

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Home of the novelist and poet,Thomas Hardy. He designed this house and lived in it from 1885 until his death in 1926.  
Opening Times: Open. Mon. Wed. Sun. 31 Mar. - 29 Sept. 2pm - 5pm.
Entrance fee: £2.60
The life of the prosperous merchant in the middle ages is vividly evoked in this recreated, faithfully restored 13th century townhouse.  
Opening Times: Open. Daily 1 Apr - 30 Sept.,10am - 6pm. 1 - 31 Oct. 10am - 5pm
Entrance fee: £2.50
Elegant and spacious 18th century house in the Cathedral Close.  
Opening Times: Daily except Thurs., Fri., 9 April-30 Oct., 11.00-17.00
Entrance fee: £4.00
Daytime Tel: 01722 335659
Email: mompessonhouse@nationaltrust.org..uk
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wessex

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An outstanding Elizabethan house built by Edward Phelips in the late 16th century and set in a beautifully landscaped garden  
Opening Times: Daily except Tues . 11am - 5pm
Season: March to October
Entrance fee: £6.90
Daytime Tel: 01935 823 289
Email: graham.meadows@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wessex

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A Jacobean Trinity House built in 1605, it is one of only two Trinity houses in Britain.  
Opening Times: Weekdays, 1 March-8 April, 14.00-17.00
Entrance fee: £3.50
Daytime Tel: 01725 510055
Email: noemail@newhouse.com
Website: www.www.touruk.co.uk/houses/housewilts_newhouse.ht

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Built in 1767, this was the first house in John Wood's great example of Palladian architecture.  
Opening Times: Ex Mondays 10 Feb-22 Oct: 10.30am-5pm. to 28 Nov: closes 4pm
Entrance fee: £4.00
Daytime Tel: 01225 428126
Email: admin@bptrust.demon.co.uk
Website: www.bath-preservationtrust.org.uk

The estate was bought by the Wyndham family in 1689 which owned it until 1926.  
Opening Times: Sat. 3 April-30 Oct., 10.00-13.00. Mon. 5 April-25 Oct., 13.00-17.00
Season: April toOctober
Entrance fee: £3.00
Daytime Tel: 01985 843600
Email: philippshouse@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wasswx

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15th and 16th century manor house with a great hall and minstrels gallery.  
Opening Times: 15th and 16th century manor house with a great hall and minstrels gallery. Upstairs, there is the great chamber with a barrel ceiling and oriel windo
Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and home of the Digby family since 1617.  
Opening Times: Spring, Summer, Autumn Daily except Mon., Fri., 1 April-31 Oct., 11.00-16.30. Sat., 14.30-16.30.
Entrance fee: £7.00 house and garden
Daytime Tel: 01935 813182
Email: enquiries@sherbornecastle.com
Website: www.sherbornecastle.com

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A fine example of a small Tudor manor house with gatehouse fine panelling furniture, picture and a terraced garden.  
Opening Times: Open. Sun, Mon. May, July - Sept 2pm - 5pm.
Entrance fee: £3.00
A Palladian Mansion set in one of England's most celebrated gardens. The house contains Georgian treasures, Chippendale furniture and fine paintings.  
Opening Times: House. 17 Mar - 28 Oct: 11.30am - 4.30pm Closed Weds and Thurs. Garden open all year 9.00am - 7.00pm.
Entrance fee: House only £6.60. House and Garden £11.
Daytime Tel: 01747 841152
Email: info@nationtrust.org.uk
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wessex

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It is one of the finest middle class houses in England. It was built, with help from Cromwell, after a fire in 1653 destroyed much of the area.  
 
This small medieval house was built for the Treasurer of Wells Cathedral who was also the rector of Martock.  
Opening Times: Open. Suns, Mons, Tues, 28 Mar.- 28 Sept. 2pm - 5pm.
Entrance fee: £2.70
Inspired and remodelled by John Norton for a successful merchant, William Gibbs in 1864.  
Opening Times: Restoration work continues. Guided visits only Sun, Mon & Tues.
Entrance fee: £10.50 for house, garden and chapel
Daytime Tel: 0879 4584500
Email: tyntesfield@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wessex

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A 15th century stone manor house, altered in the 17th century, with late Gothic and Jacobean windows and fine plasterwork.  
Opening Times: 4 April-29 Sept.. Tues, Wed & Sun. 2 - 5pm.
Entrance fee: £4.40
Daytime Tel: 01225 863224
Email: westwoodmanor@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website: www.nationaltrust.or.uk/wessex

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The 460 year old building with its history, architecture, art treasures and 21 acres of garden and parkland has attracted visitors all over the world.  
Opening Times: House 1-15 Apr, 5 May-30 Sep. Closed Sats. Gardens 1 Apr-30 Sep.
Entrance fee: House and grounds £12. Grounds and exhibition area only £5.
Daytime Tel: 01722 746729
Email: tourism@wiltonhouse.com
Website: www.wiltonhouse.com

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A fine medieval and Elizabethan manor house lying at the confluence of two rivers.  
Opening Times: Mon., Wed., Thurs., June-September, 14.00-17.30
Entrance fee: £4.00
Daytime Tel: 01305 263500
Email: kthimbleby@wolfeton.freeserve.co.uk
Website: www.touruk.co.uk/houses/housedor_wolf.htm

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