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(2010 Prices) House & Gardens; Adults £9.25; Over 60s £8.75; Family (2A + 2C) £18.50; Child under 16 Free;
Winter Price: Adults £7
Venue for civil wedding ceremonies and receptions. New restaurant serving lunches, cream teas and refreshments. Gift shop and free car park.
Winner HHA Garden of the Year Award 1997
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Hambro Arms, Milton Abbas
Athelhampton is one of the finest 15th-century manor-houses and is surrounded by one of the great architectural gardens of England. The house contains many finely furnished rooms including The Great Hall, Great Chamber, wine cellar. The Gallery in the west wing exhibits works by the Russian artist Marevna who lived at the house in the 1940s/50s. The Grade I Listed garden, dating from c1891, is full of vistas and gains much from the fountains and River Piddle flowing through. The walled gardens include the world-famous topiary pyramids and collections of tulips, roses, magnolias, clematis and lilies. Also 15th-century dovecote and boardwalk along the banks of the River Piddle.
Winner of 1997 Christies' Garden Of The Year Competition.
Francis Inigo Thomas designed four Ham stone courts in the Elizabethan style. Sir Robert Cooke designed the Octagonal Garden in 1971.