Sherborne is an ideal location from which to enjoy some of England’s finest gardens and properties, looked after by the National Trust.
To the west, find the intimate garden of Tintinhull. Created last century around a 17th-century manor house, this oasis of small pools, secluded lawns and beautiful borders is among the most harmonious gardens in Britain. An inspiration if you have your own small plot. Highlights include a fine azalea display and attractive kitchen garden.
For the art enthusiasts, there is Montacute House to the west.
This magnificent Renaissance mansion showcases some of the finest Tudor and Elizabethan portraits from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. The house is no less a work of art with splendid staterooms, carved parapets, heraldic glass and the longest Long Gallery of its kind in Europe.
Lytes Cary Manor and its fine garden can be found to the north-west. The enchanting manor house spans centuries; from the medieval chapel and Tudor great hall to the intimate Arts & Crafts garden. It was once the home to herbalist Henry Lyte and many of the plants he cultivated and featured in his famous directory, Lytes Herbal, still grow here today. The wider estate can be explored through sign-posted walks.
And one of the finest landscape gardens in the world can be found 14 miles to the north-east of Sherborne at Stourhead. Its magnificent lake, classical follies and exotic trees have captured the imagination of visitors for over two centuries while the majestic mansion houses Chippendale furniture and an exquisite Regency library. Across the wider estate, discover two Iron Age hill forts and climb King Alfred’s Tower for spectacular views across three counties.Follow me!