South West

Memories are made here in the South West: classic coastline, tropical gardens, iconic monuments and the great outdoors.

Winter's a great time for long walks in the crisp air and frosted landscapes, or to warm up in cosy tea-rooms offering delicious food.

Take a look at our events page to see the wide range of things you can do this winter.

You could head outside as part of a beach clean or guided walk. Alternatively, some of our houses are letting you in behind closed doors to see how we care for them over winter.

While some houses are closed for conservation, there are lots of places to explore at this time of year, find somewhere to visit near you.

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Wolf Hall

Damian Lewis riding in the grounds of Montacute as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall © Giles Keyte/Ed Miller

Damian Lewis riding in the grounds of Montacute as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall

Last year we played host to the lavish BBC production of 'Wolf Hall' - travelling back in time to tell the life story of Thomas Cromwell.

Five places in the South West took part; Montacute House, Barrington Court, Lacock Abbey, Great Chalfield Manor and Garden and Horton Court all star in the series.

Catch it on BBC Two from 21 January.

Places to stay

If you're planning a break take a look at our holiday cottages. You can stay in some really unusual places, in gardens and estates, grand houses and cosy cottages.

There's everything you need for a brilliant family Christmas.

Alternatively, escape the chaos of the festive season and enjoy some tranquility at one of our secluded countryside cottages.

Somerset & Glos

The Park at Minchinhampton Common during sunrise 

Between them Somerset, The Cotswolds and Gloucestershire boast dramatic coast, ruggedly beautiful Exmoor, lush green countryside, grand mansions, a Roman villa, stately parkland and gorgeous gardens

Devon & Cornwall

The gatehouse at Lanhydrock surrounded by winter snow © National Trust

A dramatic coastline, a rich mining history, unspoilt countryside, exotic gardens, country houses...there's more to Devon and Cornwall than beautiful beaches and surfing.

Dorset & Wiltshire

Sweetbrier Drove in the winter Kingston Lacy Estate © KL/TH

Our special places in Wiltshire and Dorset include a captivating castle, a world famous landscape garden, magnificent houses and landscapes rich in archaeology and wildlife - two counties that beg to be explored.


Winter walks

We care for some incredible outdoor places which become winter wonderlands at the time of year. As trees lose their leaves views become even wider and lower temperatures mean frosty grass and frozen puddles.

In this video, Head Gardener Alan Power and his dog, share their favourite winter walk around Stourhead's landscape gardens and parklands in Wiltshire.

Great for groups

Join a introductory talk at Hidcote © Arnhel de Serra

Many of our places are ideal for group visits, and offer benefits including group discounts and special interest tours. Download our 2015 guide and find the perfect itinerary for your group.

Our collections

Did you know you can view our fascinating collections online? A great way to find out what to look out for on your visit to one of our places, or learn more about items you've seen while you're there.

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