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Athelhampton, Dorset

The 15th-century Athelhampton House is steeped in history and has enjoyed TV and film fame.

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The Great Hall at Athelhampton dates back to 1485 and with its linenfold panelling, heraldic stained glass, imposing fireplace and historic furnishings, it’s a fine example of Tudor architecture.

In more recent times Athelhampton has played host to a number of TV and film projects. Sir Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine earned Best Actor Oscar nominations here with the 1972 film Sleuth. Academy award-winning writer and Dorset resident Julian Fellowes chose Athelhampton for the location of his 2008 film From Time To Time starring Dame Maggie Smith, with the house itself playing an integral part.

Athelhampton is also home to some ghostly tales with visitors claiming to have seen and heard spooky goings-on in the house and grounds. Tales of a hooded monk, a lady in grey, a phantom ape, the hammering of copper in the wine cellar and two ghostly duellists have all been reported.

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