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From Time to Time

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010


From time to time by Julian Fellowes
From time to time by Julian Fellowes

Athlehampton House is a beautiful stone built manor house set in the heart of Dorset.  At first sight of this resplendent privately owned manor home you immediately struck by its grandeur.

The History of Athelhampton House

Dating back to 1485, this 160 acre manor was built by Sir William Martyn.  The house remained in the Martyn family for the next 4 generations when the house was then passed to four daughters, the shares of the house were not re-united until 1848 and through successive owners the house was eventually purchased by Alfred Cart de Lafontaine in 1891, who set about restoring the house and creating the formal gardens we see today.

Despite five centuries passing, timing has not withered the appeal of Athlethampton House, so it’s no surprise that this magnificent house was the setting for the film From Time to Time film by Julian Fellowes.

Based on the book Chimney’s of Green Knowe by Lucy M Boston the book is set just after the 2nd World War where a young boy, Tolly is sent to stay with his estranged grandmother – enter Maggie Smith.

Young Tolly, begins to see, and then participate in scenes from the past, which in turn throws up mysteries from the family’s past.

Much of the film was filmed in the house itself, but also takes in Puddletown and West Stafford and the surrounding Dorset countryside.  It stars the redoutable talents of Maggie Smith and Timothy Spall.

Here is a film review by the Times website

As of 23 September  2010 you can watch the film in the House itself.

Althelhampton House is also showing the movie on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesday at 7.30pm

And a Sunday matinee at 2.30pm

Athelhampton House the beautiful backdrop for Time to Time
Athelhampton House the beautiful backdrop for Time to Time

Opening Times for Athlehampton House

March to October
10.30am to 5.00pm (Closed Friday & Saturday)

November to February
Sundays only
10.00 til dusk

Admission charges
Adult – £9.25
Senior – £8.75
Children – Free
Discounts available online.

Directions to Athlehampton House

Here is where to find Athlehampton House

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