Historic Houses

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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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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 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
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
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
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
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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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
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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