Today we visit 2 National Trust properties in Somerset.
We start at Barrington Court, an empty yet atmospheric Tudor manor house, beautifully restored in the 1920s, with
farm buildings, interesting gardens and orchards. One of the most stunning features is the long gallery, running the length of the attic floor. Do not miss the ‘owl’ here! We should be able to enjoy the scented roses and the beautiful walled garden, and admire the recently renovated moat now enjoyed by ducks and dragonflies.
After lunch, which can be taken in the restaurant or, picnic in the grounds, we travel on to Lytes Cary Manor.
This is an intimate Manor House with Arts and Crafts- style garden. Discover the history of the two families who lived there, the Lytes family, who built it, owned it from the 13th to the 18th Century until Sir Walter Jenner bought the property in 1907 and rescued it from decay. Sir Walter created a new garden featuring rectangular ‘rooms’ separated by yew hedges and stone walls, each reflecting a different mood. Sir Walter passed away in 1948 and left Lytes Cary to the National Trust, as he had no living descendants. The Manor was let in 1955 to Jeremy Chittenden and his wife Biddy, who both worked tirelessly over the next 45 years to transform the gardens into those we know today.
We leave at 5pm, to arrive back at Westbury by 6.50pm.
Chippenham 8.30am Bradford-on-Avon 9.10am Trowbridge 9.25am
Westbury (Chalford) 9.40am
Leader: Enid Baldwin 01249 721756
Please book as soon as possible and by 15th May at the latest.
If you are a current National Trust member and interested in joining this tour, then, in the first instance, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org giving full contact details so that we can send you a booking form.