National Trust Houses and Gardens

Brean Down

Posted on Sep 27, 2013

Brean Down

Promontory of land with dramatic cliffs and Victorian fort Brean Down is a spectacular location for a day out in Somerset. Enjoy relaxing on the beach at the foot of the Down, building sandcastles and visiting the Cove CafĂ© for some yummy food. Take an exhilarating walk to the top of the Down and venture the 1.5 miles it takes to the end by walking out to sea along Somerset’s greatest natural pier. The Down stands 97m high and the views from the top are truly spectacular, looking out over the Bristol Channel towards South Wales and over the Somerset Levels and stunning coastline. Uncover the secrets of Brean Down as you uncover its many layers of history, as you make your way towards The Palmerston Fort to explore its secret rooms. Pop into the Welcome Hut to find out more.  ...

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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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