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Favourite National Trust place?

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fellyjish · 31/12/2019 20:29

We got NT membership for Xmas and it kicks in tomorrow! I'm really excited and want to use it to the full! Where are your favourite NT places?

I'm in the South West but would like to use it as a tool to plan weekends away/visit friends etc too!

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Ginfordinner · 01/01/2020 01:02

My two favourite counties for making the most of NT membership are Devon and Northumberland as there are so many places to visit. I realise that Northumberland is a bit too far for a weekend, but well worth visiting in the summer for a week or two.


Devonishome1 · 01/01/2020 01:03

I find Calke Abbey fascinating. The house was owned by ex centric brothers who collected birds. The house I believe is how it was found.


BringBackDoves · 01/01/2020 01:06

Baddesley Clinton and Packwood House in Warwickshire - you can walk across fields between the two of them, or drive in 5-10 mins.

Also Charlecote near Stratford

And Upton House (beautiful terraced gardens in particular)


Ginfordinner · 01/01/2020 01:08

Ooh. Talking about somewhere eccentric, A la Ronde in Exmouth is described by the NT as a unique place. I highly recommend it.


pumpkinpie01 · 01/01/2020 01:22

Following as that was one of our presents too Smile


Mammyloveswine · 01/01/2020 01:23

Cragside in Northumberland, fountains abbey in Yorkshire..and seaton deleval hall which is small but was the first national trust place both my babies went to do always special!


CointreauVersial · 01/01/2020 01:28

Snowshill Manor


WinterWonders · 01/01/2020 01:29

I don’t think Lacock Abbey (Wilts) has been mentioned yet (sorry if I am wrong!). Parts of a Harry Potter film were filmed there. It’s stunning.
Off to Tyntesfield on Saturday, which I’m really excited about Smile


BloggersBlog · 01/01/2020 01:31

Hughenden Manor is lovely


Parttimewasteoftime · 01/01/2020 01:34

Saltram house is beautiful enchanted Christmas is amazing!
Lanhydrock is nice lovely outdoor play area.
St Michael Mount is wow!


Cornishclio · 01/01/2020 01:35

Lanhydrock is beautiful as is Coleton Fishacre. My nearest is Cotehele which has superb gardens and walks although the house is not my favourite. Antony has a beautiful house as does Saltram.


Biscuitsneeded · 01/01/2020 01:36

  1. Colaton Fishacre. The most beautiful views ever. (head out past the house and follow the path). House is beautiful in a manageable way too.

2. Lydford Gorge.
3. Knole deer park.
4. Bodiam Castle
5. Stourhead or Scotney Castle, can't decide.

MrsPworkingmummy · 01/01/2020 01:41

We've been to hundreds of NT properties around the country and my favourites are: Cragside (grounds and house absolutely stunning), Wallington Hall in Northumberland and Lyme House in Cheshire. The North East, without doubt, has the best range of NT properties.


GoGoLego · 01/01/2020 01:42

Depends where in south west- Lanhydrock is lovely. Think castle drogo is NT. closer to home Trebah, Trelissick, St Michaels amount. And of course all of the Free beach parking


JohnnyCash22 · 01/01/2020 01:47

Crag side
Baddesley Clinton

Have all been mentioned and are all fab. I've been to Cliveden the most often - large wooded area, large maze, childrrn's playground, beautiful parterre, rose garden and paths down to the Thames (I often take the children to swim there in the summer).


Aurea · 01/01/2020 01:48

Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire (see photo) has the most beautiful walled gardens. Also Culzean Castle is beautiful.

Favourite National Trust place?
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Tillygetsit · 01/01/2020 02:54

Sudbury museum of Childhood. Gorgeous grounds and fascinating museum.


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Spartak · 01/01/2020 03:05

Coleton Fishacre and Cotehele are my favourites in the SW.


BlueSkies2020 · 01/01/2020 03:12

The ones we visit and enjoy are....

Dyram park just outside Bath - picture perfect setting and we love the stags

Belton House in Lincolnshire for the children’s adventure playground

Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire for the stunning parkland and animals (Home farm and horses), also love the Folly

Anglesey Abbey, Cambridge for the gardens, especially in Winter and Dahlias in September

Ickworth House, Bury St Edmunds for the Italianate building and gardens, and a fabulous walled meadow in summer


MAFIL · 01/01/2020 03:40

Another vote for Cragside. It is absolutely fascinating and the grounds are beautiful.
I also love Wray Castle, Wordsworth House and Quarry Bank Mill.
There are so many wonderful NT properties though, you will find good places all over the country. I have been a member for over 20 years and I think that the NT is making much more effort to make the properties interesting and accessible. I remember being taken to places as a child and even though I was interested in history a lot of the properties seemed dull and "dead". Now there is masses of information, interactive displays, staff in period costume etc - its much better. Last year my teenage son got to play a harpsichord in one house. They had a guy in period dress playing for the public. He noticed DS seemed more interested than average, asked him if he played the piano and then invited him to have a go, showed him how the instrument works and talked through the differences between the piano and the harpsichord. What a great opportunity, and a far cry from the dusty rooms and stern security guards I remember from my own childhood.
I am a huge fan of the NT as is probably obvious! Of course they can't please everyone all the time and they have made some decisions in our locality that I am not in 100% agreement with, but overall I think they do a wonderful job of preserving and protecting our heritage. I wish you many happy trips using your membership OP.


Lonecatwithkitten · 01/01/2020 07:34

I have had life membership since I was 18 so have visited so many.
All time favourites Fountains Abbey and Waddesdon are right up there. My locals The Vyne and Basildon Park are great.
This years highlights
Chartwell - our number one this year.
Polesden Lacey
Uppark - dressed for Georgian Xmas ball
Hinton Ampner- dress for Christmas in Aesop's Fable theme.
Nostell - a break as we headed south would have loved more time to investigate Gardens.
Osterley Park is great if you have to drive into London for a loo and coffee stop just before you hit central London.
We visited Knole as well, but it was a cold wet day. This would have been amazing in the summer when you could explore the gardens.
Don't forget to get a hot drink loyalty card when you first visit the cafe.
We try to visit at least one place a month.
On the 2020 list are Stourhead - summer time. Laycock Abbey and Kingston Lacey.


Lonecatwithkitten · 01/01/2020 07:37

I should add life membership at 18 has been an amazing present when DD was small it made for so many cheap days out particularly as a single parent.
I remember my Granny who gave it to me everytime I get my card out. I am 47 now and hope I have at least another 30 years of using it ahead.


Holymotherforkingshirtballs · 01/01/2020 08:14

I also love Greenway, Agatha Christie's holiday home. We parked in Dittisham and got the ferry across to Greenway. Absolutely stunning views across the river.


Fizzypoo · 01/01/2020 09:03

@WinterWonders I like Lacock but it doesn't feel like a proper NT property as there isn't a lot of grounds. I do like the abbey and the sun catcher/disco ball. The village outside is very pretty, but very expensive for an ice-cream.

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