Oxford Centre of the National Trust
Programme of June Visits
|Thursday 4th June 2020||Tyntesfield and Clevedon Court (N.T.)||£23|
|Monday 29th June 2020||Eastnor Castle||£32|
Tyntesfield and Clevedon Court
Tyntesfield – the one built with guano money! A near-complete Victorian country house and estate. The richly decorated and furnished house is home to more than 60,000 of the Gibbs family’s possessions. There are splendid gardens, including a kitchen garden. We hope to have about 3 hours here, enough time for lunch and shopping, or perhaps you may choose to visit the house! There is about a 5-minute walk from the coach to the visitor centre and a 10–15 minute walk to the house. A courtesy bus should be available.
On to Clevedon Court, a very different property. The house is 13th century, has been the ancestral home of the Elton family since 1709, and contains a collection of Eltonware pottery and Nailsea glass. The rooms are small, with uneven floors. There are many steps with handrail to other floors. The 18th -century terraced garden, spread over 6 levels, with many steep steps and slopes, is grade 2 listed. There is a refreshment kiosk selling hot and cold drinks and snacks.
This 19th-century castle is nestled at the foot of the Malvern Hills in Herefordshire, 2 miles from Ledbury. It was completed in1820 for John Cocks, 1st Earl Somers, and is still the of his descendants, the Hervey-Bathurst family. Many of the rooms are open to the public, including the Great Hall, the dining room, the gothic drawing room, the octagon saloon and a number of opulent bedrooms. The rooms are richly decorated and contain much fine art and many tapestries. The castle sits in a large estate with landscaped grounds, including terraced gardens overlooking a lake, a deer park and an arboretum with many rare trees. There are marked trails through the woodlands.
The tearoom serves hot and cold food and snacks. There is an ice cream parlour selling local ice cream, and a gift shop. There are picnic benches on the Valley Lawn. Access: There are 14 steps (with a handrail) from the courtyard to the main State rooms. An electrically powered stair climber is available here. There is a vertical platform lift to the 1st-floor bedrooms. There is a DVD tour of the upper floor, in a downstairs room, with seats. Outside the paths are mainly gravel.
On the day
We use Plastows Coaches for all our visits. The coach picks up passengers at Headington Shops, at The Playhouse and then either at Redbridge or Water Eaton Park and Ride depending on the destination.