Tuesday, 8 October 2013

A Short Break in Somerset

We had a little break away in Somerset from Thursday to Sunday. Luckily for us the weather was very good for most of the time. It poured down for most of the journey down to Taunton on Thursday morning and continued for most the afternoon but it did eventually stop. Friday, Saturday and Sunday just got better with more sunshine and warmer each day.

On Friday we had a trip on the West Somerset Railway as they were holding their autumn Cambrian Railways Gala.
On our journey from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead two preserved steam locomotives 7822 Foxcote Manor and 7812 Erlestoke Manor hauled the train through the Quantock Hills to the seaside resort of Minehead.
On Saturday we visited Dunster Castle a National Trust property. The garden has a sub tropical feel to it and was still very lush even in early October. The castle sits on the top of a wooded hill and allows impressive panoramic views over the surrounding countryside.
On Sunday morning we visited Barrington Court a beautiful old manor house and another property looked after by the National Trust. It has its own orchards and working kitchen garden which supplies the restaurant with fruit and vegetables. 
The flower gardens were designed in consultation with Gertrude Jekyll and had a special autumnal look to them in the bright morning sunshine still with a heavy dew on the grass late into the morning. 


  1. We stayed just outside Dunster a few years ago, a lovely little village. We didn't visit the castle through, but we did visit Minehead.

    1. We had a little explore around the village too and a visit to the flour mill.

  2. What a fantastic kitchen garden, I do so love them. My peeps saw a steam train at the weekend when they were at Bitton playing football.

    1. Always like to see if I can spot any tips from large kitchen gardens. They did have some fantastic pears - don't know what we do wrong though.


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