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Visit to Barrington Court

On Monday afternoon, grabbing a sunny few hours, we decided to visit Barrington Court, which is a National Trust house not far from us here.

On approaching the house there was a meadow full of sorrel and other wild flowers.

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Neil was pleased to see that in a wild spot of the grounds there were several bee hives.

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The house is empty of furniture at the moment but in June and July the BBC will be filming here, so they will be kitting it out with their own props.  They will be filming “Wolf Hall” which is the story of Thomas Cromwell in Henry VIII’s time.  Damien Lewis ( who was in Homeland) will be playing Henry VIII.  Other actors appearing will be Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones).  We were told that Barrington Court will be doubling up for Hampton Court, where unfortunately they cannot film.  They will be using some of the grand rooms with their large fireplaces.

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There were fabulous tiles in the bathrooms, although I don’t expect they will be filming there.

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I hope they use the gardens too as they were lovely.  This picture was taken in the “White garden”.

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I love this little statue in the kitchen garden.

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The flower borders were lovely too.

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I really like the roses by the old stables.

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And the gorgeous Wisteria, one of my favourite flowers:-

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If you want to visit Barrington Court yourself, use our B&B as a base.  Quite a few vacancies now for June.

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Visit to Montecute House

Today being a gorgeous sunny day Neil and I decided to have a day out and visit a National Trust property called Montecute House here in Somerset.  It is an Elizabethan house built of the local ham stone.  This is what the National Trust says about the house:-

Montacute House is a magnificent, glittering mansion, built in the late 16th century for Sir Edward Phelips. There are many renaissance features, and the Long Gallery, the longest of its kind in England, displays over 60 of the finest Tudor and Elizabethan portraits from the National Portrait Gallery collection. The state rooms display a fine range of period furniture and textiles, including samplers from the Goodhart collection.

Montacute’s formal gardens are perfect for a stroll and include a collection of roses, mixed borders and famous wobbly hedges. Waymarked walks lead around the wider estate, which encompasses St Michael’s Hill.

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Firstly we wondered around the house, looking at the paintings and tapestries, bedrooms, library and other rooms.  Here is a selection of photos from our visit:-

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The gardens were lovely, there is a walled garden with beautiful flower borders that lead to the pudding houses.  In Elizabethan times after the main meal, the dessert would be taken in a separate building called a pudding house.

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Another formal garden housed a lovely pond and water fountain.  If you stood to one side you could be gentled drizzled by it’s water, great for a hot day!!

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There were the most beautiful delphiniums:

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And alliums:

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Here is a view I took looking out from the house to the gardens:-

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And here is a view through the windows:

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We had our lunch there and a bit later on a little icecream and sat in the shade under a tree to eat it, lovely!!  Here is a side view of the house taken from the garden with the water fountain in.

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Montecute House is well worth a visit if you are ever down this way in Somerset.  Stay with us and you can easily visit from our house.

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visit to Killerton House

On Tuesday we decided to visit an National Trust property as we are members and want to make use of our membership.  Killerton House is about 30 miles from here in Devon.

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According to the National Trust Sir Richard Acland gave away his family home for his political beliefs. His estate, at 2,590 hectares (6,400 acres) it is one of the largest the Trust has acquired (it includes 20 farms and 200-plus cottages).

Killerton House, built in 1778-9, brings to life generations of the Aclands, one of Devon’s oldest families. This year there is a fashion exhibition ‘Objects of Desire’ designed and guest-curated by renowned interior designer Russell Sage.

The masterpiece of Killerton, beautiful all year round, is the garden created by John Veitch – with rhododendrons, magnolias and rare trees surrounded by rolling Devon countryside.

The first room we visited was the music room that had its own organ.

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There was beautiful furniture, paintings, and collections of porcelain.

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There was also a well stocked library. We went up the lovely staircase to

an exhibition of fashion.

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There were exhibits of vintage clothing and shoes:

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The gardens outside were really lovely, lots of unusual trees and flowering shrubs and a flower border.

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There was a “bear hut” where the son of the family kept his pet bear.  The ceiling was decorated with pine cones.

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Then we visited the little chapel with its lovely stained glass windows.

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As we walked back to the car park we were met by a flock of sheep.  One made us laugh as he was down on his knees eating grass.

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We came across this fabulous twisted tree:

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The sun shone for us and we had a cream tea before heading home.

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