stately homes gardens etc in South Somerset
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Stately Homes & Gardens in South Somerset

Heritage sites also including country houses in South Somerset...

South Somerset Stately Homes, Country Houses & Gardens

blank tabCOTHAY MANOR & GARDENSStately Homes & Gardens
Greenham, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 0JR
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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.
Tel: 01823 672283
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blank tabHESTERCOMBE GARDENSStately Homes & Gardens
Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8LG
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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.
Tel: 01823 413923    Fax: 01823 413747
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Barrington Court

Barrington, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0NQ
Tel: 01460 241938     E-mail:

Barrington Court Photo © Neil Kennedy
Barrington Court -
Photo: Neil Kennedy CCL


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 stone walls.

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.

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Lytes Cary Manor

nr Charlton Mackrell, Somerton, TA11 7HU
Tel: 01458 224471     E-mail:

Lytes Carey Manor Photo © Neil Kennedy
Lytes Carey Manor -
Photo: Neil Kennedy CCL


Intimate manor house with walled gardens and estate.

The house with its 14th-century chapel and 15th-century Great Hall was much added to in the 16th century.

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.

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Montacute House

Montacute, TA15 6XP
Tel: 01935 823289      E-mail:

Montacute House Photo © Neil Kennedy
Montacute House -
Photo: Neil Kennedy CCL


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 Collection.

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.

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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 family residence.

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Coleridge Cottage

35 Lime Street, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA5 1NQ
Tel: 01278 732662     E-mail:

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.

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