Westwood Manor, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire
This mellow stone manor house dates back to the 15th century and is owned by the National Trust; out the back you can see one of Wiltshire’s famous white horses carved on the hillside.
Topiary is quite a feature in the garden and inside the house are the things you’d expect; fine antique furniture, 18th century tapestries and decorative plasterwork. What you might not expect are two rather fascinating and historically important keyboard instruments.
The house is actually lived in and the tenant is happy to give private tours outside of normal opening hours to groups of 8 people or more. It’s only open a couple of afternoons a week as it’s quite small so check the website before you set out and though it won’t take up a great deal of time it’s worth a visit; perhaps tie it in with a visit to another historic house in the area – like Stourhead, or have a walk around the village.
Parking is free and next to the house are the parish tea rooms with WC facilities.
T: 01225 863374 All information correct at the time of writing.