As the days grow shorter, the air crisper, and the leaves turn brilliant shades of red, orange and gold, autumn is a season that beckons us to revel in the great outdoors.
National Trust properties offer some of the most spectacular venues for enjoying the splendours of Autumn. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or someone simply seeking the beauty of this season, the National Trust offers a wide array of sites and landscapes that are perfect for a seasonal adventure. Here are some of the must-visits this season!
Stourhead is often hailed as one of the most picturesque gardens in the world. In autumn, it becomes a landscape straight out of a painting. The heart of this National Trust property is its stunning lake, surrounded by a collection of rare and exotic trees. As their leaves transform into a fiery display of colours, you’ll be immersed in a breathtaking panorama. Take a leisurely stroll around the lake, enjoy exploring the classical temples and grotto, and listen to the satisfying sounds of the crisp autumn leaves beneath your feet.
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Tyntesfield, North Somerset
Amidst the golden hues of autumn, Tyntesfield stands as a Victorian masterpiece within the vibrant foliage, offering a captivating glimpse into the past. This National Trust gem, adorned with Gothic architecture and surrounded by sprawling gardens, offers a unique autumn experience as it becomes a tapestry of colours. The estate's extensive woodlands and ancient trees create a breathtaking backdrop for leisurely strokes, while the crisp air carries whispers of history through the corridors of the opulent mansion. The rich history, architecture, and the scent of woodsmoke from the pumpkin-themed events in autumn make it a delightful destination for those seeking a taste of history and seasonal festivities.
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Attingham Park, Shropshire
Captured within Shropshire’s autumnal embrace, Attingham Park emerges as a haven of natural splendour and historic grandeur. As the leaves transform into a kaleidoscope of warm tones, this National Trust estate unveils its picturesque landscapes and architectural marvels. The park’s expansive deer park offers a splendid place for spotting wildlife against a backdrop of golden foliage. The mansion itself, with its opulent rooms and ornate ceilings, exudes unparalleled elegance heightened by the autumnal palette seeping through its windows. Visitors can relish leisurely walks through the park’s woodland or partake in guided tours that unravel the estate’s rich history, making Attingham Park an essential destination this season.
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Bodnant Garden, Conwy
Bodnant Garden, a horticultural masterpiece set within Conwy Valley, transforms into an autumnal wonderland as the season unfolds. As the trees don their vibrant coats of red, gold, and amber, this National Trust gem becomes a symphony of colours. The garden’s terraced landscapes and meandering paths offer visitors a sensory journey, surrounded by the rich fragrance of autumn blooms and the rustle of fallen leaves. Majestic trees, including the towering Californian redwoods, create a dramatic backdrop against the autumn sky. The historic Bodnant House, overlooking this botanical marvel, adds a touch of timeless beauty to the vibrant seasonal spectacle, making Bodnant Garden an unmissable destination for those seeking to immerse themselves with nature this season.
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Amidst the heart of the rolling hills of Devon, Killerton Estate emerges as an autumnal sanctuary, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the season's embrace. As the estate’s ancient woodlands and expansive parkland transform into a canvas of fiery reds, glowing oranges, and golden yellows, Killerton becomes a captivating testament to autumn’s beauty. The Georgian mansion, standing proudly amidst the changing foliage, offers a glimpse into history with its exquisite interiors and art collections, accentuated by the warm hues peeking through its windows. Visitors can wander through the sprawling gardens, where the vibrant colours of the season frame the paths and illuminate the picturesque vistas. With its blend of natural splendour and historic charm, Killerton Estate stands as a quintessential destination to revel in the enchantment of autumn.
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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire
Found within the breathtaking landscapes of North Yorkshire, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden present a captivating display of autumnal beauty. As the ancient ruins of Fountains Abbey stand adorned in the golden glow of the season, the surrounding water garden and sweeping vistas transform into a painter’s palette of russet tones and vibrant hues. The intertwining rivers and tranquil ponds reflect the fiery foliage, creating a mirror of nature’s masterpiece. Majestic trees, adorned in autumnal attire, line the pathways that lead visitors through this UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering a journey through centuries of history amidst this seasonal splendour. The juxtaposition of the abbey’s timeless remains against the vivid colours of autumn makes this destination an immersive experience in heritage and natural beauty.
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In the heart of Gloucestershire countryside, Hidcote Manor Garden beckons visitors to wander through its captivating landscapes. The intricately designed outdoor ‘rooms’ offer an intimate exploration of the season’s palette, with each compartmentalised space revealing its unique autumnal charm. The historic manor, a centrepiece amidst these botanical wonderlands, adds beauty to the vivid seasonal display. Visitors can meander along the winding paths, enveloped in the scents and sights of autumn, while discovering the garden’s hidden nooks that evoke a sense of wonder. Hidcote Manor Garden stands as a picturesque haven, inviting all who visit to enjoy its comforts.
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Other Premier Cottages
As the vibrant hues of autumn paint the landscapes, staying at Premier Cottages becomes an invitation to immerse yourself in the season’s breathtaking beauty. Whether set in the rolling countryside or tucked away in quaint villages, these cottages offer both a stay and an experience. Embrace cosy evenings by crackling fires, explore picturesque trails with your furry friends, or return home to a bubbling hot tub.