Athelhampton House: A Reader’s Historic Tudor in England

by hookedonhouses on April 6, 2012

A reader named Andrea wrote me about her family’s historic Tudor in England called Athelhampton House. Much of it has been standing for over 5 centuries, which is hard for most of us in the U.S. to wrap our heads around (here, anything over 100 is considered old!).

Sir William Martyn built the main hall in 1485, and it remained in the Martyn family for 4 generations. In 1891 it was purchased by Alfred Cart de Lafontaine who restored the house and gardens to how they look today.


Athelhampton is now owned by the Cooke family. Patrick Cooke and his wife Andrea continue to improve and care for the house and gardens while living here with their two young boys. I can only imagine the amount of work that goes into an historic home like this one, so my hat’s off to them!

It’s located just outside Dorchester in Dorset. You can rent the house for events like weddings and film shoots.

I can picture a Masterpiece Classic being filmed here, can’t you? This bedroom looks like something Jane Eyre would sleep in at Thornfield Hall:

They open the house to the public, and I’d love to see it in person someday. I’ve been to England a couple of times and really enjoyed house tours like these.

That’s a statue of Queen Victoria in the garden:

Can you imagine living in and caring for a grand old estate like this, filled with so much history? Considering how long it takes me to get around to doing all the basic maintenance in my own (fairly new, not very big) house, I’m not sure I would be up to the task!

Visit the Athelhampton website for more photos and information. Thanks to Andrea for telling me about it!

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