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National Trust – Newark Park

Newark Park stands proud on top of the Cotswold escarpment, looking down into the Ozleworth valley and to the Mendips beyond. The Newark estate is situated in an unspoilt corner of Gloucestershire, with barely a sign of modern life visible in any direction.

The ‘New Worke’ was built in 1550 by Nicholas Poyntz, previously an influential English courtier to Henry VIII. The house, garden and estate would grow and develop over 350 years, followed by a short but grave period of decline, to then be lovingly restored by a Texan architect in the 1970s and 80s.

The architecture of Newark House reveals its intriguing history, with a quirky collection of furnishings and impressive views completing its homely feel.

The garden and estate showcase a range of seasonal specials, such as snowdrops, aconites and daffodils, wild garlic, summer borders and autumn cyclamen. A beautiful setting with splendid views of the Cotswold countryside, waiting to be discovered and explored.

A place of architectural intrigue, quaint gardens and sprawling parkland there is much to see and do at Newark.

National Trust – Montacute House

Montacute House, in Somerset, is a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design. With its towering walls of glass, glow of ham stone and surrounding garden and parkland, it is a place of beauty and wonder.

Sir Edward Phelips was the visionary force and money behind the creation of this masterpiece, which was completed in 1601. Built by skilled craftsman using local ham stone under the instruction of William Arnold, master mason, the house was a statement of wealth, ambition and showmanship.

Come face to face with the past in the Long Gallery, which is the longest of its kind in England. The gallery houses over 60 Tudor and Elizabethan portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery.

A beautiful garden surrounds Montacute House, constantly changing, filling the house with scent in summer and providing an atmospheric backdrop for a winter walk.




National Trust – Daffodils at Trerice

Blooming from February until the end of April daffodils are a sure sign that spring is near in the garden at Trerice.  Key places to spot the wide variety of narcissi are in the orchard, particularly the summer house, where there are plenty of daffodils to admire, from the early Welsh native Tenby to late flowering Pheasants Eye.   Another variety of daffodil in the garden is the mid-spring flowering Dutch ‘Van Sion’, this historic flower is not quite as old as the house at Trerice but not far off! Registered in 1620, nearly 50 years after the house was built, it grows on the kayling lawn overlooking the house and wider estate.

The Elizabethan manor itself is a Cornish gem and Trerice remains little changed by the advances in building fashions over the centuries, thanks to long periods under absentee owners.   Today the renowned stillness and tranquillity of Trerice is much prized by visitors.


National Trust – Greenway House – Change of Date

Often referred to as ‘the loveliest place in the world’, Greenway House was once the beloved holiday home of the famous and much-loved author Agatha Christie.

This relaxed and atmospheric house is set in the 1950s, when Agatha and her family would spend summers and Christmases here with friends, relaxing by the river, playing croquet and clock golf, and reading her latest mystery to their guests. The family were great collectors, and the house is filled with archaeology, Tunbridgeware, silver, botanical china and books.

In the garden a large and romantic woodland drifts down the hillside towards the sparkling Dart estuary. The walled gardens are home to a restored peach house and vinery, as well as an allotment cared for by local school children. A visit to Greenway isn’t complete without seeing the Boathouse, scene of the crime in ‘Dead Man’s Folly’, and the battery complete with cannon. Greenway has been accredited by the International Camellia Society as a ‘Garden of Excellence.’ It is the first National Trust garden with this accreditation, and one of just seven gardens in the UK to be recognised as a ‘Garden of Excellence’ by the International Camellia Society.


5 Day National Trust Holiday – Lincoln

5 Day National Trust Holiday in Lincoln

10th – 14th August 2020

Holiday Inn, Brayford Wharf, Lincoln


Day 1

We depart Devon, with a coffee stop en route, and arrive about Midday day at our first NT Property of the week, Charlecote Park in Warwickshire.  Built with warm red bricks in the 1550’s and decorated in Warwickshire stone, the house has been home to the Lucy family for over 800 years.  Their home has a fascinating history to explore before we head off to Lincoln and check into our hotel, the Holiday Inn set on trendy Brayford Wharf.  We will have time to freshen up before dinner.


Day 2

Today we head into Lincoln to spend the day exploring Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle.   For almost 300 years the Cathedral was the tallest building in the world.  Yet, in spite of it’s size, it is filled with intricate detail.  The architects of the gothic style perhaps reached the pinnacle of their art.  Everywhere you look there is the most intricate detail, walls & roofs elaborated by the finest carving.   We discover a world of rich history at Lincoln Castle.  The castle is home to the Lincoln Magna Carta, dating back to 1215, as well as the Charter of the Forest.  Lincoln Castle is the only place where you can see the two documents together in the world. Experience the magnificent view of Lincoln Cathedral from the castle, as well as the city of Lincoln and the surrounding countryside.


Day 3

We leave Lincoln for the day and head to Derbyshire to visit Kedleston Hall.  Take a trip back in time to the 1760s at this spectacular Neo-classical mansion framed by historic parkland.  Designed for lavish entertaining and displaying an extensive collection of painting, sculpture and original furnishings, Kedleston is a stunning example of the work of architect Robert Adam.  The Curzon family have lived here since the 12th Century and continue to live at the Hall to this day.


Day 4

Today we visit Belton House, the perfect English country house, set in its own extensive deer park.  Built in the late 17th Century by ‘Young’ Sir John Brownlow, Belton was designed to impress.  Opulent décor, stunning silverware, wonderful woodcarvings, imposing paintings – including many old masters – and personal momentos convey wealth, but also a family atmosphere.


Day 5

On our last day we head back to Devon via our last NT property, Upton House & Gardens, in Warwickshire.   Lord Bearsted made Upton his country home in 1927 and set about creating the perfect country residence for his family and growing art collection.  Explore the fashionable tastes of the day and learn how to create a home made-to-measure.  Enjoy the historic gardens and see beautiful blooms as you explore the terraced borders.


Price:                     NT Member          £345 per person for a twin or double room (single supplement £70)

Non Member        £415 per person for a twin or double room (single supplement £70)


Includes:               Hotel accommodation with full English breakfast & 3 course evening meal.     Entrance to all properties