“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” John Muir
Bath is a beautiful city but extremely small and by the afternoon overflowing with tourists! So I decided to jump in my car and head to the countryside. It wasn’t long before I found another national trust, Dyrham Park is about 30 minutes outside Bath and the perfect escape from tourists and their selfie sticks!
The geeky bits!
An historic herd of fallow deer roams freely in the 270 acres (110 hectares) of ancient parkland, full of magnificent trees and breathtaking views.
Young explorers can run free in the Old Lodge picnic and play area, take part in a nature trail and tick off challenges on their 50 things list.
The West garden is currently being transformed – a 21st-century garden with echoes of the past – complete with splendid borders, idyllic ponds and a wildflower orchard.
The house is in a state of transformation following a recent re-roofing project but you can get a flavour of 17th-century life in ‘Mr Blathwayt’s apartment’.
If you wish you can join one of the rangers for a tour of the ancient deer park. You will get an insight on how the deer came to be at Dyrham Park and how they care for the herd. Visits start at reception twice a day and it was actually a really interesting talk, worth doing.
You will recognise the property from watching films such as the “Remain of the Days”, “Sense and Sensibility” or more recently in an episode from “Poldark”. It has also been used for filming in “Flog it” and “Antique Roadshow
National Trust properties are always a great way to break up a long journey and with National Trust membership it doesn’t matter if we stay an hour or all day and it means National Trust is always my first port of call when looking for a rest stop.
St Peter’s Church sits in an elevated position behind the main house and is simply beautiful.
I am not a massive fan of actually going in the houses, I tend to walk around them pretty quickly and get my butt back outside. I did spend slightly longer looking around this house as the staff were super friendly and there was stunning decor including a leather-clad wall!