Lytes Cary Manor
House, garden, shop and catering mid Mar - end Oct 11am - 5pm every day except Thursday.
Estate walks: open all year dawn till dusk every day.
Tel. 01458 224 471
Postcode TA11 7HU
This intimate manor house was the former home of medieval herbalist Henry Lyte; here visitors can learn about his famous 16th-century plant directory, Lytes Herbal. The manor spans many years with its 14th-century chapel and 15th-century Great Hall. In the 20th century it was rescued from dereliction by Sir Walter Jenner. Its Arts and Crafts-style garden is a combination of outdoor rooms, topiary, statues and herbaceous borders. Explore the walks through the wider estate and riverside and discover many features typical of farmed lowland England, including ancient hedges, rare arable weeds and farmland birds.
Charlton Mackrell, Somerton, Somerset.