Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68Some of the finest historic houses and gardens in England can be found in this part of Somerset. Fans of costume drama are sure to recognise a number of our architectural gems as film and TV producers are spoiled for choice here. We have Elizabethan Montacute House which boasts the longest Long Gallery in England, now hung with more than 60 portraits of the period. It featured in the TV series ‘Wolf Hall’ and the extensive grounds were used for jousting and the Royal Tent. Montacute is owned by the National Trust as is the delightful Barrington Court, a Tudor manor house with a garden inspired by Gertrude Jekyll. Then there is Lytes Cary, a medieval manor house which has been lovingly restored and is now also cared for by the National Trust. All have plenty to entertain the whole family. History lovers will relish Muchelney Abbey where you can still see parts of the decorated cloister walk and the only complete thatched monk’s lavatory in England! There is something of interest for all ages. It is not just great or historic houses that are listed in these parts, gardens can be too and one of the finest is East Lambrook. A cottage garden, it was created by plants woman and author Margery Fish. Another small but beautifully formed garden is that at Tintinhull, with its Pool Garden created as a memorial to a WW2 fighter pilot. England is the most garden-loving country in the world with more gardens open to the public than anywhere else and Somerset certainly doesn’t disappoint on this score. Cricket St Thomas Barrington Court Lytes Cary 40 Lytes Cary