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Stately Homes & Gardens in Somerset

A proud tradition for planting formal gardens can be traced back many generations in Somerset where there are some superb examples of classic design.

In many cases there is the added advantage of an inviting house to wander round as well.

The National Trust owns Montacute House - a Grade 1 Listed Elizabethan mansion in local Ham stone boasting the longest art gallery of its kind in England with more than 60 portraits of the period and beautiful gardens.

Nearby, National Trust properties include Barrington Court, Tintinhull Gardens and Priests House, Muchelney.

As well as imposing mansions, the county has intimate manor houses such as Lytes Cary and Cothay.

It has charming cottages in spades like the award winning Coleridge Cottage at Nether Stowey and a whole estate of chocolate box thatched homes at Holnicote on Exmoor National Park.

More than 300 years of garden design can be found in the wonderful treat that is Hestercombe, near Taunton which has been lovingly restored over the last 20 years and is now open all year to show off one of the finest Jekyll and Lutyens collaborations in the UK.

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  1. National Trust -Watermill Tea-room at Dunster Castle

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    National Trust -Watermill Tea-room at Dunster Castle

    Type

    Tea/Coffee Shop

    Dunster, Nr Minehead

    The newly refurbished Watermill Tea-room is opposite the working watermill in peaceful surroundings alongside the River Avill. Offering seasonal treats from hearty lunches to delicious cakes it's a...

  2. National Trust -The shop at Dunster Castle

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    National Trust -The shop at Dunster Castle

    Type

    Shop/Shopping Centre

    Dunster, Nr Minehead

    Explore the atmospheric 17th-century stables and visit the shop for high quality, original gifts and local products. Our shop is brimming with beautiful things, so you are sure to find something to...

  3. National Trust - Dunster Castle

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    National Trust - Dunster Castle

    Type

    Castle/Fort

    Dunster, Nr Minehead


    Dramatically sited on a wooded hill and the fortified home of the Luttrells for 600 years. Remodelled in the 1870s to create a splendid Victorian country house. A fine 17th- century carved...

  4. National Trust -The Garden at Dunster Castle

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    National Trust -The Garden at Dunster Castle

    Type

    Garden

    Dunster, Nr Minehead

    The result of 100s of years of planning, building and restoration a walk around the gardens at Dunster Castle takes you around the world and though four different microclimates.

    The South...

  5. The Bishop's Palace

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    The Bishop's Palace

    Type

    Historic House/Palace

    Wells

    The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years and this stunning medieval palace is open for all to enjoy.

     

    Surrounded by a breath-taking moat...

  6. Barrington Court, Ilminster

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    National Trust - Barrington Court

    Type

    Historic House/Palace

    Ilminster

    Discover the haunting echoes of the past at Barrington Court, a Tudor manor house free from collections and furniture. Explore using your imagination and your senses to discover a house full of...

  7. The Chalice Well

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    The Chalice Well

    Type

    Garden

    Glastonbury

    Chalice Well is one of Britain's most ancient wells, nestling in the Vale of Avalon between the famous Glastonbury Tor and Chalice Hill. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and orchards it is a living...

  8. Kilver Court Gardens

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    Kilver Court Gardens

    Type

    Garden

    Shepton Mallet

    Kilver Court gardens, set against the impressive backdrop of the Charlton Viaduct, were created over 100 years ago by Ernest Jardine – a progressive industrialist who wanted to give his workforce...

  9. National Trust - Prior Park Landscape Garden

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    National Trust - Prior Park Landscape Garden

    Type

    Garden

    Bath

    Beautiful and intimate 18th-century landscape garden.

    One of only four Palladian bridges of this design in the world can be crossed at Prior Park, which was created in the 18th century by local...

  10. National Trust - Tyntesfield

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    National Trust - Tyntesfield

    Type

    Historic House/Palace

    Bristol

    At its heart Tyntesfield is a Victorian country house and estate, which serves as a backdrop to the remarkable story of four generations of the Gibbs family. Their tale charts the accumulation of...

  11. National Trust - Montacute House

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    National Trust - Montacute House

    Type

    Historic House/Palace

    Montacute

    Montacute House is a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design. With its towering walls of glass, glow of ham stone and its surrounding gardens, it is a place of beauty and...

  12. Somerset Lavender

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    Somerset Lavender

    Type

    Garden

    Radstock

    This family-run working lavender farm offers its visitors spectacular views across its lavender...

  13. National Trust - Fyne Court

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    National Trust - Fyne Court

    Type

    Garden

    Nr Bridgwater

    Fyne Court is a hidden gem in the heart of the Quantock Hills. Lose yourself in this wild garden,...

  14. Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

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    Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

    Type

    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Nr Ilfracombe, Exmoor

    Over 28 Acres of naturally beautiful valley with cascading streams and waterfalls, woodland walks,...

  15. National Trust - King John's Hunting Lodge

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    National Trust - King John's Hunting Lodge

    Type

    Museum

    Axbridge

    This early Tudor timber-framed wool merchant's house (circa 1500) provides a fascinating insight...

  16. mill pond

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    Hestercombe Gardens

    Type

    Garden

    Cheddon Fitzpaine, Nr Taunton


    Discover 300 years of garden design in one inspiring estate.  Wander along the lakeside paths of...

  17. Lavender & Co

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    Lavender & Co

    Type

    Garden

    Axbridge

    Lavender & Co is a single estate lavender field...

  18. Museum of Somerset

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    Museum of Somerset

    Type

    Museum

    Taunton

    ENTRY TO THE MUSEUM IS FREE!

    Visit Taunton...

  19. National Trust - Priest's House

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    National Trust - Priest's House

    Type

    Historic House/Palace

    Nr Langport

    This medieval hall-house was built in 1308 for...

  20. National Trust - Clevedon Court

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    National Trust - Clevedon Court

    Type

    Historic House/Palace

    Clevedon

    Outstanding 14th-century manor house and...

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