National Trust Properties
Founded in 1895, The National Trust is the largest voluntary conservation organisation in Europe. They work to protect and preserve historic places and spaces including over 300 historic buildings, 775 miles of coastline and 59 villages.
Throughout the year we visit a variety of properties..
ARLINGTON COURT - Set on the edge of Exmoor this complete family estate has been held by the Chichester family for over 500 years. With a collection consisting of model ships to shells, collected over several generations, there's something for all tastes.
BROWNSEA ISLAND - Located in Poole Harbour and with spectacular views accross to the Purbeck Hills, Brownsea Island creates a unique haven for wildlife such as the rare red squirrel and a wide variety of birds.
COLETON FISHACRE - A 1920s country retreat with an elegant Art Deco influenced interior, with luxuriant garden and set amid gardens in a spectacular coastal setting.
DUNSTER CASTLE - Situated atop a wooded hill there has been a castle here since Norman times before becoming a lavish country home. With its medieval gatehouse and ruined tower you get the sense of its turbulant past. We head into minehead for a short stop in the afternoon.
DYRHAM PARK - A spectacular 17th century mansion and deer park where a herd of fallow deer roams freely. Inside you will find a rich collection which includes superb Dutch art and ceramics of the period.
HANBURY HALL & GARDENS - A William & Mary style house with a mix of interiors from the Hurcules rooms and recreated gothic corridoor to the stunning staircase wall paintings and recently redecorated smoking room. 20 acres of garden and 400 acres of park surround the house, including the parterre, fruit garden, grove, orangery, orchard and bowling green.
HIDCOTE GARDENS - Designed and created by the horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston in the Arts & Crafts style, it is made up of exquisite garden rooms, each possessing its own special character. Visitors will discover rare shrubs and trees, outstanding herbaceous borders and unusual plant species. The garden changes in harmony with the seasons, from vibrant spring bulbs to autumn's glorious Red Border.
HINTON AMPNER GARDEN - An elegant country house with an outstanding collection of ceramics and arts. Beautiful manicured lawns and sculptured Topiary lead to breathtaking views across the South Downs.
KINGSTON LACY - An elegant country mansion set in attractive formal gardens and parkland.
KNIGHTSHAYES - A country estate with glorious gardens and parkland with over 1200 plant species unique to Knightshayes. The property is a rare example of the work of William Burgess, with gargoyles, corbels and a medieval inspired great hall.
MOTTISFONT ABBEY - A handsome house, once a medieval priory and set amidst carpets of spring bulbs, bubbling brooks and a stunning walled rose garden. Inside is full of surprises with delightful art and exhibitions.
PETWORTH HOUSE & PARK - The vast late 17th century mansion is set in a beautiful 700 acre deer park, landscaped by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown and immortalised in Turner's paintings. The house contains the National Trusts finest collection of pictures, with numerous works by Turner, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Blake and ancient and neo-classical sculpture fine furniture and carving by Grinling Gibbons. Get a glimpse of life below stairs in the historic kitchen and myriad ancillary rooms.
STOURHEAD HOUSE & GARDENS - This Palladian Mansion and famous landscape garden has been described as 'A living work of art' witha magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes and rare and exotic trees. Uncover the fascinating history and enjoy the unique Regency Library, Chippendale furniture and inspirational paintings.
TRELISSICK GARDENS - With 30 acres to explore and magnificent views over the Fal Estuary, Trelissick offers collections of hydrangeas, rhododendrons, and ginger lillies, together with wooded plants and herbaceous borders. An additional 5 miles offers parkland, woodland and waterside walks.
TYNTESFIELD HOUSE - A spectacular Victorian Gothic Revival house with gardens and parkland
WADDESDON MANOR - Built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French Chateau between 1874 & 1889, Waddesdon Manor is now one of the National Trust's most visited properties.
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