Houses, Gardens and Historic Monuments

Dunster Castle

Posted on Sep 27, 2013

Dunster Castle

An ancient castle and comfortable country home with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens Dramatically sited on a wooded hill, a castle has existed here since at least Norman times, with an impressive medieval gatehouse and ruined tower giving a reminder of its turbulent history. The castle that you see today became a lavish country home during the 19th century for the Luttrell family, who lived here for 600 years. The castle boasts spectacular views toward the Bristol channel, the Quantock hills and up to the moors of Exmoor.  ...

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Stoke-Sub-Hambdon Priory

Posted on Sep 27, 2013

Stoke-Sub-Hambdon Priory

14th/15th-century farm buildings, formerly a priest’s residence The priests who lived here served the Chapel of St Nicholas (now destroyed). The Great Hall is open to visitors. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stoke-sub-hamdon-priory/

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Treasurers House – Muchelney

Posted on Sep 27, 2013

Treasurers House – Muchelney

Small medieval house Medieval house with Great Hall, completed 1293 – with kitchen added in the 15th century. Solar Block contains an unusual wall-painting.

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Priest’s House – Muchelney

Posted on Sep 27, 2013

Priest’s House – Muchelney

Late medieval hall-house in a picturesque village This medieval hall-house was built in 1308 for the parish priest of the church opposite, and has been little altered since the early 17th century. Interesting features include the Gothic doorway, magnificent double-height tracery windows and a massive 15th-century stone fireplace.   http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/priests-house-muchelney/

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Lytes Cary Manor

Posted on Sep 27, 2013

Lytes Cary Manor

Intimate manor house with Arts and Crafts-style garden Lytes Cary Manor is an intimate medieval manor house with a beautiful Arts and Crafts garden where you can imagine living. Originally the family home of Henry Lyte, where he translated the unique Niewe Herball book on herbal remedies, Lytes Cary was then lovingly restored in the 20th century by Sir Walter Jenner. The garden rooms contain a magical collection of topiary and herbaceous borders, while tranquil walks on the estate take you along the River Cary. To complete your visit, take a stroll among our community allotments and discover their creative and colourful designs.  ...

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Tintinhull Garden

Posted on Sep 27, 2013

Tintinhull Garden

Delightful formal garden The garden, complete with working kitchen garden and orchard, lies in the charming village of Tintinhull, Somerset. Glittering pools, secluded lawns, colourful borders and clipped hedges provide the perfect spot to relax and unwind away from the hustle and bustle. Discover the gardens ‘My garden is, I think and hope, a happy one.’ Phyllis Reiss and her husband Captain Reiss bought Tintinhull in 1933 and here they created a most harmonious and carefully thought-out small garden. There are six courtyards within the garden, each with very different characters....

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