|COTHAY MANOR & GARDENS||Stately Homes & Gardens|
|Greenham, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 0JR|
Nowhere evokes the charm of the past more than Cothay, one of the best examples of small classic medieval manors to survive in England. Hidden for centuries it has remained virtually untouched since it was built in 1485. The formal gardens were laid out in the 1920's, the main structure being a 200-yard yew walk, off which are many garden rooms, each a garden in itself. There's a small nursery with plants for sale. The tea-room offers teas/coffee, cakes and light lunches. House open to general public (guided tours on Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays). Access available to the gardens and ground floor of the manor. Groups by appointment. Events held throughout the year from our Antiques Fayres, Food and Craft Fayres, Garden Courses and Shakespeare. Follow the brown tourist signs on the A38.
|HESTERCOMBE GARDENS||Stately Homes & Gardens|
|Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8LG|
Hestercombe combines three complete period gardens to create one of Britain's premier sites. Tranquillity, beautiful walks, breathtaking views, year round events, a shop, plant centre, restaurant and cafe. Created by Coplestone Warre Bampfylde in the 1750s the Landscape Garden opened in 1997 for the first time in over 125 years. The Edwardian Formal gardens with a brilliant design by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1904, are the perfect example of an English garden, complemented by the informal planting that was Gertrude Jekyll's hallmark. The Victorian Garden comprises two separate areas. The formal terrace laid out to the south of Hestercombe House is planted with a variety of bedding and the Victorian Shrubbery, set north of the House, and designed in the style of William Robinson, friend and mentor of Gertrude Jekyll.
Barrington, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0NQ
Tel: 01460 241938
Barrington Court -
Jekyll-inspired garden, working kitchen garden
and Tudor manor house.
The enchanting formal garden, influenced by
Gertrude Jekyll, is laid out in a series of
walled rooms, including the White Garden, the
Rose and Iris Garden and the Lily Garden.
The working kitchen garden has espaliered
apple, pear and plum trees trained along high
The Tudor manor house was
restored in the 1920s by the Lyle family.
It is let to Stuart Interiors as showrooms with
antique furniture for sale, thereby offering NT
visitors a different kind of visit.
Lytes Cary Manor
nr Charlton Mackrell, Somerton, TA11 7HU
Tel: 01458 224471
Lytes Carey Manor -
Intimate manor house with walled gardens and
The house with its 14th-century chapel and
15th-century Great Hall was much added to in the
In the 20th century it was rescued from
dereliction by Sir Walter Jenner who refurnished
the interiors in period style.
At the same time the garden was laid out in a
series of rooms with many contrasts, topiary,
mixed borders, and a herbal border based on
the famous 16th-century Lytes Herbal, which
can be seen in the house.
Several walks through the wider estate show
many features typical of farmed lowland
England, including ancient hedges, rare arable
weeds and farmland birds.
Montacute, TA15 6XP
Tel: 01935 823289
Montacute House -
Magnificent Elizabethan stone-built house,
with fine collections, garden and park.
Built in the late 16th century for Sir Edward
Phelips, Montacute glitters with many windows
and is adorned with elegant chimneys, carved
parapets and other Renaissance features,
including contemporary plasterwork,
chimneypieces and heraldic glass.
The splendid staterooms are full of fine 17th-
and 18th-century furniture.
Montacute House is a regional partner with the
National Portrait Gallery and displays on
permanent loan over 50 Tudor and Elizabethan
portraits in the Long Gallery, the longest of
its type in England.
There are also fine textiles, including 17th-
and 18th-century samplers from the Goodhart
The formal garden includes mixed borders, old
roses and interesting topiary and is surrounded
by a landscape park.
The wider estate encompasses St Michael's Hill,
site of a Norman castle, topped with an
accessible 18th-century lookout tower.
Forde Abbey Estate
Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, TA20 4LU
Tel: 01460 220231
Forde Abbey was founded by Cistercian monks
almost 900 years ago. The monks remained at the
Abbey until the 16th century when they were
forced to leave after Henry VIII's Dissolution
of the Monasteries in 1539. The building stood
empty for a hundred years until it became a
35 Lime Street, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater, Somerset,
Tel: 01278 732662
Home of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Coleridge lived in the cottage for three years
from 1797, and there are mementoes of the poet
on display. It was here that he wrote The Rime
of the Ancient Mariner, part of Christabel,
Frost at Midnight and Kubla Khan.