Somerset - a county of contrasts
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At the heart of the South West, Somerset is a county of dramatic coastlines, tranquil countryside and a distinctive culture and history. Throughout the county, from the dramatically sited Dunster Castle in the north and the magnificent golden Montacute House in the south to flamboyant Tyntesfield, near Bristol, we have much for you to explore.
Take in the stunning views of Exmoor from the Holnicote Estate and Dunster Castle; further along the coast watch the sun go down over the Bristol Channel at Brean Down. Further inland discover Coleridge Cottage, the former home of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge; the iconic Cheddar Gorge and Glastonbury Tor; the delightful woodland garden at Fyne Court; the timber-framed King John’s Hunting Lodge and the last thatched windmill in England at Stembridge Tower Mill. On the top of the Blackdown Hills you'll find the Wellington Monument, built to celebrate the victories of the Duke of Wellington.
Clustered near to each other in the mellow south Somerset countryside can be found the wonderfully oak panelled manor house of Barrington Court; Elizabethan Montacute House, surrounded by terraced formal gardens; delightful Tintinhull Garden with its secluded lawns, pools and colourful borders; the medieval Treasurer’s House and the Great Hall of Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory. Close by you can also visit the intimate medieval manor house of Lytes Cary and the Priest’s House, a medieval hall-house.
Bath and Bristol
No visit to the area would be complete without seeing the glorious Victorian Tyntesfield, with its flower-filled terraces and marvellous views, and the sweeping valley garden and Palladian bridges of Prior Park Landscape Garden, but there is much more besides. Explore the terraced garden at Clevedon Court, the elegant Bath Assembly Rooms, the picturesque cottages of Blaise Hamlet, tranquil Leigh Woods and the 15th-century Westbury College Gatehouse.