Brockhampton was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1946 and is made up of 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of farmland and 280 hectares (700 acres) of mixed woodland. The Estate is home to a rich variety of wildlife, including the dormouse, buzzard and raven. There are miles of walks through the park and woodland, featuring ancient oaks and beech, the picturesque Lawn Pool, and various sculptures which depict parts of the history of Brockhampton and the local area. At the heart of the Estate lies Lower Brockhampton, a romantic timber-framed manor house dating back to the late 1300s. The house is surrounded by a moat and is entered via a charming timber-framed gatehouse. There is also an interesting ruined chapel.
Brockhampton Estate, Greenfields, Bringsty, nr Bromyard, Herefordshire WR6 5TB
The late 18th-century house contains the fine paintings and furniture of the Faringdon Collection Trust. The grounds include various avenue walks, an Italianate water garden designed in the early 20th century by Harold Peto, and a large walled garden.
Fine artwork from the Renaissance to Pre-Raphaelite era.
Restful Italianate water garden.
Explore the walled garden and grounds on lovely avenue walks.
Dogs are not permitted in the Formal Gardens, the Pleasure Grounds, or any visitor areas. However, dogs may be exercised in the Paddock Field (the overflow car park).
Estate Office, Buscot Park, Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 8BU
Spectacular late 17th-century mansion, garden and deer park,
William and Mary mansion nestling in an ancient deer park ,
Lavish 17th-century collections reflect the fashion for all things Dutch,
Victorian domestic quarters give an insight into life below stairs,
Elegant formal gardens, woodland, and lakes to explore Dyrham Park is a beautiful baroque country house set in 110 hectares (274 acres) of garden and parkland, designed by Talman for William Blathwayt, Secretary at War during the reign of William III.
Dyrham Park was one of the houses used as sets for the 1993 Merchant Ivory film The Remains of the Day (others included Badminton House and Powderham Castle).
Dyrham Park. Dyrham, nr Bath, Gloucestershire SN14 8ER
This beautiful honey-coloured house, home of the Holbech family for more than 300 years, was richly decorated in the mid-18th century. The interior plasterwork is some of the finest in the country. A superb landscaped garden of the 1740s remains largely unchanged, containing a broad terrace ornamented with temples.
Farnborough Hall is occupied and administered by the Holbech family
Farnborough Hall, Nr Banbury, Oxfordshire OX17 1DU
The Great Barn in Great Coxwell village is the sole surviving part of a thriving 13th-century grange that once provided vital income to Beaulieu Abbey.
It is an impressive reminder of the skills of Gothic carpenters and the wealth and influence of the great monastic orders. William Morris, one of the Barn's most ardent admirers, called it 'unapproachable in its dignity'.
The Barn was built of Cotswold rubble-stone walling, with a Cotswold slate roof. There are several slit windows and on the outside are small, square putlog holes in which mason's poles were placed during construction.
Great Coxwell Barn, Great Coxwell, Faringdon, Oxfordshire
Founded in 1246 and once a celebrated pilgrimage site, the abbey now lies in ruins. Remains of the dramatic cloister arches survive and there is a small museum.
Richard Earl of Cornwall (brother of Henry III) was in danger of shipwreck and to thank God for his safe delivery, he built a Cistercian Abbey at Hailes. Cistercians always built their abbeys well away from towns (e.g. Fountains, Rievaulx, Tintern etc). Isabel Countess of Gloucester, the widow of Gilbert de Clare, Lord of the Manor of Tewkesbury, had married Richard after a period of mourning for Gilbert. It was a disastrous marriage, and when she died Richard tore her heart out and sent it to the Abbot of Tewkesbury, telling him to bury it at Tewkesbury as it had always been there.
Hailes Abbey, nr Winchcombe, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 5PB
Situated on the picturesque Sherborne Estate in the Cotswolds, Lodge Park was created in 1634 by John 'Crump' Dutton. Inspired by his passion for gambling and banqueting, it is a unique survival of what would have been called a grandstand, with its deer course and park. It was the home of Charles Dutton, 7th Lord Sherborne, until 1983 when he bequeathed his family's estate to the National Trust.
The Sherborne Estate is 1,650 hectares (4,000 acres) of rolling countryside with views down to the River Windrush. Much of the village of Sherborne is owned by the Trust, including the post office and shop, school and social club. There are walks for all ages around the estate, which includes the restored and working water meadows.
Lodge Park, Aldsworth, nr Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 3PP
This unusual and atmospheric property was built c.1550 as a Tudor hunting lodge and added to in the 1790s, later converted into a fashionable Georgian home; the house is lived in and has been furnished by the present tenant. Set in 5½ha (14 acres) of wild, romantic garden surrounded by 300ha (700 acres) of unspoilt countryside. It stands high on the edge of a 40ft cliff with outstanding views.
Open-air theatre production.
Ozleworth, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire GL12 7PZ
Woodchester Park is a beautiful, secluded valley near Stroud in the Cotswolds.
The valley contains the remains of an 18th- and 19th-century landscape park, a mansion and a chain of five lakes fringed by woodland and pasture. Much of the valley is wooded with paths criss-crossing the valley sides, offering unexpected and spectacular views of the valley and mansion.
Most of Woodchester Park is owned by the National Trust, who bought it in 1994, to protect and preserve its unique landscape. The Mansion and its immediate surroundings are owned by Stroud District Council and leased to the Woodchester Mansion Trust.
Woodchester Park, Stonehouse, Nympsfield, nr Stroud, Gloucestershire GL10 3TS
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