Holiday Photos Montacute, 2006


  Montacute 2006:  
 
 Montacute Hall, near Yeovil in Somerset, is a National Trust property, and includes in the grounds, a lodge ("Odcombe Lodge") which is available to rent. We did so for a long weekend in May, 2006. While we were there, we also took the opportunity to visit various houses and gardens, including stopping off at Hestercombe House on the way there.  
 
  Hestercombe House is a classic example of the work of Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jeykll.  
 
A tree in Hestercombe House gardens Calla Lillies at Hestercombe House Hestercombe House Formal gardens at Hestercombe House
Formal gardens at Hestercombe House An Iris in Hestercombe House gardens Formal gardens at Hestercombe House Jane having a cup of tea
An Iris in the grounds of Hestercombe House A Rose in the gardens of Hestercombe House    
 
  Montacute House was one of the first major properties acquired by the National Trust. It was commissioned by the lawyer and politician Sir Edward Phelips at the end of the 16th century, and handed over to the National Trust in 1931. It now sits in an area of Grade 1 protected parkland, and contains over 50 Elizabethan and Tudor portraits from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.  
 
  The village of Montacute itself dates from at least the 7th century and is considered well-preserved (by those whose job it is to know about that sort of thing). It includes a couple of decent pubs, and a church with loads of gargoyles - what more could you want?  
 
Montacute House, side view Montacute House, original front view Church and Tower at Montacute Odcombe Lodge
A Summerhouse at Montacute House A carving at Montacute House A carving at Montacute House A carving at Montacute House
A carving at Montacute House A fig tree at Odcombe Lodge A gargoyle at Montacute church A gargoyle at Montacute church
A gargoyle at Montacute church A peony in the grounds of MOntacute House Odcombe Lodge A gargoyle on Montacute church
Gatepost at Odcombe Lodge A gargoyle on Montacute church Odcombe Lodge  
 
  The other gardens we visited were East Lambrook Manor, an archetypal English Cottage Garden, founded by Margery Fish...
 
East Lambrook Manor Gladioli at East Lambrook Manor East Lambrook Manor A Day Lily at East Lambrook Manor
 
  ...and Barrington Court, a Tudor house with a garden design influenced by Gertrude Jeykll, and a lovely walled garden.  
 
  The walled garden at Barrington Court A poppy at Barrington Court One of the ponds at Barrington Court A Water Lily at Barington Court Sweet Peas in the walled garden at Barrington Court A Rose border at Barrington Court Old stable buildings at Barrington Court  

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