National Trust Properties we help

National Trust properties in the area, which Blackmore Vale and Yeovil NT Association supports through its fundraising, include:

  • Barrington Court
  • Lytes Cary Manor
  • Montacute House
  • Tintinhull Garden
  • Stourhead

Barrington Court
** Wheelchair ramps £1500

Corfe Castle
Fingerposts £500

Lytes Cary
Border renovation £650
Cutting garden perennials £1100
Replacement fruit trees £200
26 Wichford terracotta pots £3421
iPads/tablets (x2) £800
Camassias £850

Hearing loops £626
Conservation tables £1185
Garden bench £850
All-terrain wheelchairs (x2) £1000
Repairs to the small round pond in the Yucca Garden £1000
West Drive replanting £600

Bench restoration Pantheon £1400
Bench survey £400
Library conservation work £400
Garden seat £700
Paintings restoration £1200
Spring bulbs £1000
Oak bench £800
Conservation housekeeping equipment £1500
Redecoration of the Inner Hall £1249 (contribution)

Hearing loops
Interpretation board £1500
Native spring bulbs for the arboretum £1000
** Aquatic plants – lilies
** All-terrain wheelchair £500

Hardy Cottage: contribution towards the cost of new Visitor Centre £3350

South Somerset
** Plant and guard new apple trees £1500

We also contribute to National NT appeals.

Enterprise Neptune £2000

More information on these properties can be found by clicking the links below:

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Barrington Court

Barrington Court is a Tudor manor house begun around 1538 and completed in the late 1550s, with a vernacular stable court (1675). The house was owned by several families by 1745 after which it fell into disrepair and was used as a tenant farm.
After repair by architect Alfred Hoare Powell (1865-1960), it was the first house acquired by the National Trust, in 1907, on the recommendation of the antiquarian Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley (1851-1920). In the 1920s the house was renovated, the stable block turned into a residence and several outbuildings, gardens and gateways constructed.
The house was originally surrounded by a medieval deer park and in the 17th century a formal garden was constructed. This had largely disappeared until a new garden was laid out by garden designer Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) in an Arts and Crafts-style. [Wikipedia]

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Lytes Cary Manor

Lytes Cary Manor, near Charlton Mackrell and Somerton, Somerset, is a manor house with associated chapel and gardens.  The property, owned by the National Trust, has parts dating to the 14th century, with other sections dating from the 15th – 20th centuries. “Yet all parts blend to perfection with one another and with the gentle sunny landscape that surrounds them,” comments Nikolaus Pevsner.  [Wikipedia]

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Montacute House

Montacute House is a late Elizabethan mansion with garden in Montacute, South Somerset.  Its Long Gallery, the longest in England serves as a South-West outpost of the National Portrait Gallery displaying a skilful and well-studied range of old oils and watercolours.  It is one of few prodigy houses to survive almost unchanged from the Elizabethan era.  The house and its gardens have been a filming location for several films and a setting for television costume dramas and literary adaptations.  It was acquired by the National Trust in 1927.  [Wikipedia]

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Tintinhull Garden

Tintinhull Garden, in Tintinhull, near Yeovil, Somerset, is a small 20th century Arts and Crafts garden surrounding a 17th-century Grade I listed house. The property is in the ownership of the National Trust.  The house started as a small farmhouse in 1630 but was enlarged into its current form in the 18th century.  The house was the property of the Napper family for centuries.  It was given to the National Trust in 1954. The Arts and Crafts style garden is modeled on that at Hidcote Manor Garden in Gloucestershire.  It was originally laid out by Phyllis Reiss and developed by Penelope Hobhouse.  [Wikipedia]

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When Stourhead first opened in the 1740s, a magazine described it as ‘a living work of art’. The world-famous landscape garden has at its centrepiece a magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes, and rare and exotic trees.  The gardens were designed by Henry Hoare II and laid out between 1741 and 1780 in a classical 18th-century design set around a large lake, achieved by damming a small stream. The inspiration behind their creation were the painters Claude Lorrain, Poussin, and, in particular, Gaspard Dughet.  It has been part-owned by the National Trust since 1946.  [National Trust website | Wikipedia]