National Trust Properties in Somerset
Clanville Manor is centrally situated for a day out at several National Trust Properties, listed below in alphabetical order.
Barrington Court near Ilminster, TA19 0NQ (45 mins)
Beautiful Gertrude Jekyll-inspired gardens, kitchen gardens and a Tudor manor house.
Glastonbury Tor near Glastonbury, Somerset (25 mins)
The Tor is one of Somerset’s most renowned landmarks and the site of many myths. Legend says that after Arthur’s final battle he was brought by boat to the Isle of Avalon where three mysterious maidens cared for him. There are fantastic 360 degree views from summit of the Tor on a clear day – see if you can spot Clanville Manor!
The picture on the right was taken from a helicopter as it flew over Glastonbury Tor.
Lytes Cary Manor near Charlton Mackrell, Somerton, TA11 7HU (15 mins)
A modest manor house with Tudor great hall and 14th century chapel. The ‘Arts and Crafts’ style garden still grows plants planted originally cultivated here by Henry Lyte, a medieval herbalist.
Montacute House Montacute, TA15 6XP (30 mins)
A Renaissance Manor house with an exhibition of 17th Century textile samplers and Elizabethan artwork from the National Portrait Gallery. Montacute House and Garden was the film location for Sense and Sensibility.
Priest’s House Muchelney, Langport, TA10 0DQ (25 mins)
A late medieval hall-house with an interesting Gothic doorway and a vast 15th century fireplace. It was built by Muchelney Abbey in 1308 for the parish priest. Limited opening, usually Sunday and
Monday afternoons, by arrangement with the tenant.
Stembridge Tower Mill, High Ham, TA10 9DJ (20 mins)
The last remaining thatched windmill in England!
Stoke sub Hambdon Priory, Stoke-sub-Hamdon, Somerset TA4 6QP (30 mins)
14th/15th-century farm buildings, formerly a priests’ residence. Limited facilites, only The Great Hall is open to visitors.
Stourhead House and Gardens, Stourton, Wiltshire, BA12 6QD (30 mins)
Stourhead House is an 18th Century Palladian Mansion, founded by the Hoare family, who, we believe, also owned Clanville Manor until the Snook family bought it in 1898.
Henry Hoare II created the magnificent gardens of Stourhead in the 1740s. Firstly, the River Stour was dammed to form a great lake.
Around the lake Hoare laid out a landscape garden with stunning views. As the garden developed, he added classical features, such as the Temple of Flora, the Pantheon, the Temple of Apollo and Gothic ruins to enhance the series of splendid and unexpected vistas.
Tintinhull Garden, Tintinhull, Nr Yeovil, BA22 8PZ (25 mins)
An oasis of small pools, secluded lawns and beautiful borders. In May you can see the fine azalea garden.
Treasurer’s House, Martock, TA12 6JL (25 mins)
Early medieval house, with Great Hall completed in 1293 and an even earlier Solar Block with an interesting wall painting.
Further details of the individual National Trust Owned Proprties, including opening days and times, can be found on the main National Trust website.