Fine 19th-century gardens enhance an outstanding example of 15th-century domestic Tudor architecture at Athelhampton House and Gardens. Thomas Hardy called this place Athelhall in some of his writings, referring to the legendary King Aethelstan, who had a palace on this site. The current house includes the Great Hall, with much of its original timber roof intact, the King's Room, and the Library, with oak paneling and more than 3,000 books. The 10 acres of landscaped gardens
have a dozen giant yew pyramids.