10 Autumn Gardens To Visit
Somerset Life|October 2019
Immerse yourself in nature’s season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Holly Louise Eels shares some of Somerset’s most glorious autumnal gardens

1. A National Trust finest, Barrington Court is at its fruitful time of year. Its spectacular walled kitchen garden is at the peak of production, with vibrant focal points of giant pumpkins and spaghetti squash. The empty Tudor manor house, which was beautifully restored in the 1920s, boasts extensive, stunning grounds, including the impressive divided gardens that ooze seasonal quality at every turn. The phenomenal shades of flower borders will be pleasantly overflowing with hues of the season and capture the beautiful changes of autumnal tones throughout the whole of Barrington Court's grounds, which year on year are out of this world.

Barrington Court, Ilminster TA19 0NQ nationaltrust.org.uk/ barrington-court 01460 241938

2. There is so much to discover at The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens. Hidden within the ancient ramparts and protected by the moat, it boasts 14 acres of eye-catching, tranquil gardens around the medieval Palace. James Cross, head gardener at the Palace, says autumn is a colourful time at the Grade II listed venue. He explains: “We suspect that many of our Roses will still be offering a fantastic profusion of colour and perfume throughout September. During October, we will see an amazing array of bright, autumnal colours from our magnificent collection of mature specimen trees which are set within the romantic and picturesque Victorian gardens.” Perfect for a stroll with a loved one.

Bishop’s Palace Gardens, Wells BA5 2PD bishopspalace.org.uk 01749 988111

3. For more than 600 years Dunster Castle and Garden was the home of the Luttrell family. An ancient castle and country home with dramatic vistas and magnificent, subtropical gardens; expect to be blown away by its beauty. Try a casual walk to the keep of the Castle and in return you will be rewarded with an incredible 360-degree view of Dunkery Beacon and the British Channel. Along the way you can appreciate flora and fauna in mesmerising shades of deep burgundies, warm yellows and burnt orange. Head to the south terrace for its stunning views across the former deer park, and if you are lucky, you may spot a red deer.

Dunster Castle, Dunster TA24 6SL nationaltrust.org.uk/dunstercastle 01643 821314

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