Hi! I’m Jess and I look after the interiors and marketing at the Park. On my days off as a family we love to adventure outdoors, long walks and to explore our beautiful English countryside and heritage with our bouncy two year old yellow Labrador. I wanted to share our favorite places to visit. The National Trust have so many beautiful historic buildings alongside stunning Somerset countryside walks and all within an hours drive of the Park.
A beautiful Palladian House and world famous landscape garden. We love visiting especially during the Spring and Autumn with all the beautiful colours of nature. Be sure to book a table at the Spread Eagle Inn and enjoy a cooked lunch.
An ornate Victorian and Gothic House, with an extensive garden and parkland just a stone throw away from Bristol. (A little cafe at the bottom with a little play park is a fave and we make the most of the extra activities for the children).
Explore Dunster Castle
An ancient castle and country home with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens. A stunning place to visit all year round. We also love the town that leads up to the castle with lovely little boutiques to shop and a great choice of places to eat.
Explore Lacock Abbey
Country house with monastic routes. Once home to William Henry Fox Talbot, Inventor of the photographic negative. Both harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts were filmed here- A highlight if your a Harry Potter fan! Lacock is also a beautiful village with cosy and quaint Country pubs.
Explore Montacute House
A late Elizabethan Mansion and garden. Keep an eye on the extra activities- We loved it when they had people dressed up and did a falcon display.
Explore Dyrham Park
Just on the outskirst of Bath- A stunning 17th century house and garden surrounded by rolling hills. After elxploring we enjoy lovely area to sit and eat. If you have watched Sanditon you may recognize the filmset!
Explore Brean Down coastal walk
Climb the 97-metre-high down with incredible views out over the Bristol Channel towards South Wales and over the Somerset Levels.
with ancient field systems and archaeological remains of a Roman temple lie near the steps on Brean’s south side. The Fort is a ruin but was built to defend the country against a possible Napoleonic invasion. Depending on the seasons we either enjoy a hot chocolate with all the trimmngs after our walk or a tasty ice cream as a well earned treat.
Cheddar Gorge has so many choices of places to eat alongside lovely little food shops and gift shops. Visit the famous Caves of cheddar and walk to the top of Jacobs lader and sock up the stunning views across Somerset.
I hope you enjoy some of these places just as much as we do!