Newark Park, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire
This imposing country house in the Cotswolds was built as a hunting lodge over 450 years and has seen much development since then before being left to the National Trust in 1949 by the delightfully named Catharine Annie Power-Clutterbuck. Inside it’s very elegant and there are some unusual collections, though at the time of writing the upper floors are under repair following a nasty water leak. Outside it’s a dream with beautiful walled gardens and lawns and incredible floral displays in the borders; all terribly romantic and perfect, even peacocks roaming about. Go there, and play boules or croquet, have a walk around the estate where you’ll be amazed at the far reaching views of glorious open countryside. There’s a brilliant play area for the kids and you can take the dog but keep him on a lead.
Open: Every day but Tuesday 11.00am-5.00pm in the main season
T: 01453 842644 All information correct at the time of writing