Somerset Houses & Gardens


Lytes Cary Manor, National Trust

Lytes Cary Manor, near Somerton, TA11 7HU


Intimate manor house with Arts and Crafts-style garden

Lytes Cary Manor, National Trust

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.


The garden that you see today at Lytes Cary Manor is very different to the garden that would have originally existed when the Lyte family were in residence.

In the beginning

The garden would have once been a very practical, working space.  Henry Lyte, who lived in the house in the 1550s, was a keen herbalist and gardener.  His son Thomas wrote that he grew apples, pears, plums, grapes, cherries, walnuts and peaches.

Sadly, much of the original garden was lost after the Lytes family sold the estate in 1755.  The following years saw a series of owners and tenants occupying the Manor, and the garden disappeared as the land was farmed right up to the house.

Twentieth century changes

When the Jenner family took up residence in 1907, Sir Walter and Lady Flora created a new garden.  The design was Arts and Craft inspired and featured mostly rectangular ‘rooms’ separated by yew hedges and stone walls, each reflecting a different mood or purpose.   

After Sir Walter passed the house and estate to the National Trust, it was again let to tenants.  In 1955, Jeremy Chittenden and his wife, Biddy, took the lease.  Both worked tirelessly over the next 45 years to transform the gardens into those we now know.


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Opening Hours

To conserve the garden, some areas may not be accessible, please phone ahead for details. Last entry to the house is 30 minutes before closing time.


  • Designated mobility parking in main car park, wheelchair and mobility scooter access to reception through gate via drive
  • toilet wheelchair accessible
  • House partly accessible on ground floor only
  • Garden with slopes, uneven, narrow and loose gravel paths


Whole property
  Gift Aid Standard
Adult £12.65 £11.50
Child £6.90 £6.25
Family £30.00 £27.25
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £9.90
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £4.90



    • Baby Changing Facilities

    Road Directions

    By road
    off A372. Signposted, 1 mile from A303 (London to Exeter)
    Parking: free, 40 yards

    Public Transport Directions

    By bus
    Wells to Yeovil; Taunton to Yeovil (passing close Taunton train station). Both pass within ¾ mile Yeovil Pen Mill train station. Alight Kingsdon, 1 mile

    By train
    Yeovil Pen Mill 8 miles; Castle Cary 9 miles; Yeovil Junction 10 miles


    Lytes Cary Manor, National Trust
    Lytes Cary Manor
    near Somerton
    TA11 7HU

    T: 01458224471



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