The Great and Glorious - The Sleeps12 National Trust weekend round up

September and October are fantastic months to do some exploring and to try new things. Staying in a sleeps12 property means you are in the heart of the countryside and within reach of some wonderful National Trust properties.

The National Trust is a conservation charity that protects many of the historically significant parts of Britain so that generations to come will be able to enjoy them and learn about our history. With lots to see and do the National Trust caters for all ages. Whether you are walking the coastline or looking under logs for a beetle you can be guaranteed that you are preserving something very special. 

Here is our Sleeps12 guide to what’s on nearby.

Colridge Cottage, 35 Lime Street, Nether Stowey, TA5 1NQ

If it is literature you’re interested in then you really should visit the home of poet Samuel Coleridge. This 17th century home has been lovingly recreated you could almost be mistaken in thinking a family had just left the building.

29th September – Open Day

Join new writer in residence in a variety of activities inspired by Coleridge’s work.

Barrington Court, nr Illminster, TA19 0NQ

So you may not see Damien Lewis as Henry VIII galloping across the parkland but you will be taken back in time when viewing the beautiful costumes worn in the BBC Wolf Hall. Displayed until November 1st 2015 this is essential for costume drama fanatics.

26th September – Day of Dance

Hosted in the Great Hall of Court House get involved with traditional English and European dances. Fun for all the family but remember to take your dancing shoes!

Dunster Castle, near Minehead, TA24 6SL

Experience the dramatic! This lavish castle is set in a prominent position overlooking the Bristol Channel, Quantocks and Exmoor. Use this as a base to discover the beautiful countryside and National Parks.  You could even arrive via the Dunster Castle Express (April – November, Wednesday and Saturday. Contact West Somerset Railway)

27th September – Dunster Castle Uncovered.

Special tour of normally unseen parts of the castle. Limited spaces.

Killerton House, Broadclyst, EX5 3LE

Nestled against the hillside overlooking Exeter you’ll find Killerton house and garden.

‘If you go down to the woods today’ Be careful… never know what you will find! Locals go dragon hunting in the woods and gardens here!

The gardens at this time of year are truly stunning and a walk in the parkland before heading into the café is a real must.

Fashionistas will love the house, the ongoing ‘The F-Word: The changing language of fashion’ displays the ever changing shape and style of fashion.

Exercise Junkies – why not enter the Killerton Park Run  every Saturday at 9am?

Adventurers – grab a leaflet and head off on a Great British Walk.

Please don’t forget to check opening times and facilities before you leave, we wouldn’t want you to be disappointed. Admission costs may apply so do check these too.

Have fun and do let us know what you get up to!