Day Trips

|  Coleton Fishacre |  Maunsel House |  Burrow Farm |  Halswell Park |  Sezincote House |
|  Dyffryn House |

Coleton Fishacre, NT  POSTPONED
Back to top Tuesday 21st April 2020

WSNTA Coleton Fishacre
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Travel back in time to the Jazz Age in this evocative country home of the D'Oyly Carte family. Enjoy the 1920s elegance of the Arts and Crafts style and glimpse life behind the servants' doors. Lose yourself in the light, joyful atmosphere with inspiring sea views. You can glimpse life ‘downstairs’ in the servants' rooms. In the RHS-accredited garden, paths weave through glades, past tranquil ponds and rare tender plants from New Zealand and South Africa; many exotic plants thrive beneath the tree canopy.

You can walk down to a coastal viewpoint through the valley garden. A garden tour is available for those who wish it. Lunch can be taken in the Café Coleton (we will need to be in 2 sittings).

Depart Minehead: 8.30 a.m. Return: 7 p.m. approx.
Route C via Silk Mills and Taunton Crem..
Cost: £25 per head
Bookings to Organiser Veronica Cole (contact details inside front cover)

WSNTA Coleton Fishacre
View of Pudcombe Cove from the garden © National Trust Images
Maunsel House  POSTPONED
Back to top Thursday March 19th 2020

Maunsel House,
North Newton,

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WSNTA Maunsel House
As featured in the Sunday Telegraph recently!

It came as quite a pleasant surprise to discover this fascinating Manor house practically on our doorstep. A member of Historic Houses, this quirky historical family home, full of fascinating ephemera, is not open to the general public and only by joining an organised party such as ours [or booking a wedding] can you get to visit. It has featured in a number of TV programmes and we are quite likely to be shown around by self-proclaimed ‘eccentric’ owner Sir Benjamin Slade Bt. The two-hour tour includes the house and gardens, and a cream tea at half time.

Situated close to North Petherton, the house is 14/15th century with later additions. It is believed Chaucer wrote some of Canterbury tales while staying there. It boasts 100 acres of stunning parkland, fish ponds, farms, lakes, woodland, walnut groves, orchards, and an ancient church.

Travel by private cars.
Members to arrive at the House 1.45pm for 2.00 start.
Cost: £22 to include house and garden tours and cream tea.
Organiser David Beach (contact details in newsletter)

Burrow Farm Gardens & Lyme Regis  POSTPONED
Back to top Wednesday 6th May 2020

Burrow Farm Gardens have been developed by John and Mary Benger from nothing in 1959 to what is now a splendid and most interesting place to visit.

Mary started out gardening as a hobby that became a lifetime's work making many feature areas that cover 13 acres, these include: the Rose Garden, Wild Flower Meadow, Terrace Garden, Lake and a Grasses Garden set amongst many lovely trees and shrubs. Its elevated position on a hillside gives many super views.

The gardens were featured in the August 2019 issue of The Garden. This is a real gem and a visit not to be missed.

On arrival coffee and biscuits will be provided (included), light lunches are available (own cost) before leaving at 2 pm. We shall then travel to Lyme Regis for you to have a leisurely afternoon at this popular picturesque seaside town.

Depart Minehead 8.30 a.m Return 6.30 p.m.
Route B
Cost: £25 per head
Bookings to Organiser Martin Ellis (contact details in newsletter)

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Rose Garden - Images with permission of the owners
Halswell Park CANCELLED
Back to top Thursday 4th June 2020
Halswell Park,

This will be a drive-yourself trip and Lesley will send directions later with confirmation of bookings.
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WSNTA Halswell Park
Halswell House

Halswell, a Grade I listed house and Grade II listed park, is situated in the village of Goathurst at the foot of the Quantock Hills It was once called the most important house of its date in the country. The estate has its origins in the eleventh century with the principal buildings today comprising a Tudor Manor dating from the mid-sixteenth century and a mansion house of 1689.

On arrival we have a light lunch of sandwiches with tea or coffee. We will then have a private behind-the-scenes restoration tour and will hear about the two houses and the characters who built the estate until it was broken up in 1950. The house is a rare and important example of English Baroque architecture; even rarer is the ability to see the hands-on-revival of the house, which has been in a desperate state for the last 65 years. All the state rooms in the Baroque Wing and many in the old manor house can be viewed. The cellars and roof are open for those willing to climb stairs. There are many follies close to the house but the walk to the 18th century pleasure gardens, Mill Wood, is a must for those with good footwear. Before we end our tour of this fascinating hidden gem we have a leaving drink either at the Temple of Harmony or on the roof of the house.

WSNTA Halswell Park
Temple of Harmony

Arrival 12:30 for 1:00pm Tour ends approximately 5:00pm
Cost £20 per head to include tea/coffee and sandwiches on arrival and a drink on departure
Bookings to Lesley Struck (Contact details in Newsletter)

Sezincote House & Gardens  POSTPONED
Back to top Monday 22nd June 2020

WSNTA Sezincote House
Photo of Sezincote with permission of the owner

On the journey we will take a coffee break at Sanders Garden Centre before journeying to our lunch stop at Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire. Then just a short journey to Sezincote, the iconic house at the heart of a traditional, family-run estate in the beautiful Cotswold countryside. The 200-year-old Mogul palace is set within a landscape featuring temples, grottoes, waterfalls, canals and a large semi-circular orangery (above). You may have seen the garden featured on television. We will have a conducted tour of the house. We will return afterwards to Batsford Arboretum for refreshment before journeying back home. It is advisable to wear sensible shoes as there are slopes and steps in the garden.

WSNTA Halswell Park
Photo of Sezincote with permission of the owner

Depart Minehead: 8.30 a.m. Return approx. 8.00 p.m.
Cost: £29.50 per head (includes coach, entry, guided tour & gratuities)
Bookings to: Elizabeth Higgins(Contact details in Newsletter)

Dyffryn Gardens and House NT  POSTPONED
Back to top Tuesday 14th July 2020

WSNTA Dyffryn Gardens and House
Dyffryn House © National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Our journey takes us to just outside Cardiff where we find this Victorian Mansion surrounded by 55 acres of an Edwardian Garden designed in 1906 by Thomas Mawson. The grounds contain many “garden rooms” and a large glasshouse. The house is partially restored and is open to the public. There are two cafes serving drinks, cakes and light lunches. One near the house and one in the gardens or you may wish to bring a picnic.

We plan a comfort stop on our way at Sanders Garden Centre where you may wish to buy a drink.

Depart: Minehead 08:30 am Return: approx. 6:30 pm approx.
Route A via Bridgwater.
Cost: £19. 00 Includes coach and gratuities
Bookings to: Marion John (Contact details in Newsletter)