We had planned to visit two national trust sites on the Saturday of our weekend in Somerset; though after a morning at Montacute House; we finished looking around Barrington Court at around 3pm. We figured we had just enough time to visit somewhere else! So we headed to the nearby Lytes Cary Manor…
I have to say, we’re so glad to have National Trust membership; because it made this busy day of visiting sites SO easy! (Not to mention affordable)!
To check out the other places we visited on our trip click here.
Lytes Cary Manor
Lytes Cary Manor is a smaller property to the others we had visited this sunny Saturday; but definitely worth a look, the pretty gardens, croquet lawn, house and chapel were all beautiful.
We stopped off first for a much needed cup of tea, and weren’t disappointed. Many National Trust sites have great cafes for grabbing a quick bite to eat; whether you want a light meal or a snack. There are always plenty of cakes as well as hot and cold drinks to choose from! I couldn’t say no to this lovely bakewell slice!
As we arrived after 3pm, the visit was definitely a quick one; a lot of National Trust properties have a last-entry time, here it was 4pm. So we had a little wander through the pretty flower gardens, (which were so vibrant and colourful!) Before heading to the chapel, which was beautiful.
Inside the Manor House
We then went straight through to the house itself, which, though small, was incredibly preserved and decorated throughout.
The staff were extremely knowledgeable! Such as one volunteer, who took the time to tell me all about a beautiful embroidery piece on display. It was started in in the late 1800s and completed generations later; using the same styles and motifs seen even today, with plenty of unicorns and mermaids!
After walking through the pretty rooms of Lytes Cary Manor we headed back out to the gardens, which were beautiful. There is also a croquet lawn, where a local group play; but on days they aren’t having a match you can pick up a set to borrow on site; and have a go yourself! What fun!
Overall, whilst small, we really liked Lytes Cary Manor, and it’s well worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Check out my next post to see where we visited on the way home!
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