Summertime at Lytes Cary Manor

Lytes cary garden

Summer is a great time to visit Lytes Cary Manor, the garden, and surrounding estate.

The gardens are looking fabulous at this time of the year, with our bright borders and luscious lawns; come and soak up the gardens and get lost amongst the hedge rows. Take a walk through the orchard and see what is ripening on the trees, or find your own peaceful corner to relax and enjoy a glorious family picnic. 

Have fun with the whole family – you can play croquet on our croquet lawn, equipment is available for hire on site.

Finding a shady spot at Lytes Cary Manor
Kids enjoying some shade at Lytes Cary Manor
Finding a shady spot at Lytes Cary Manor

Henry Lyte was a keen herbalist and gardener and lived at Lytes Cary Manor in 1550s. His son Thomas wrote that he grew apples, pears, plums, grapes, cherries, walnuts and peaches. Sadly during the decline of the property in the Victorian period, much of the original garden was lost. 

The Jenner family took up residence in 1907. Previous owners and tenants had farmed right up to the house, requiring Sir Walter Jenner to create a new garden. The design was Arts and Craft inspired and featured mostly rectangular ‘rooms’ separated by yew hedges and stone walls, each reflecting a different mood or purpose.   

Sir Walter Jenner passed away in 1948, leaving Lytes Cary to the National Trust. The Manor was let in 1955 to Jeremy Chittenden and his wife Biddy who both worked tirelessly over the next 45 years to transform the gardens into those we now know.

View along the Main Border in June at Lytes Cary Manor, Somerset.
View along the Main Border in June at Lytes Cary Manor, Somerset.
View along the Main Border in June at Lytes Cary Manor, Somerset.