National Trust

You could stay at Avalon Lodge for a fortnight and visit a different National Trust property every day. We are a fantastic base for both these and the English Heritage sites, although you would need to stay at least three weeks then!

Below are a few of the local magnificent National Trust properties that you can visit from Avalon, others, such as Avebury, appear under the Mysteries heading. Whilst some of these may not be well known (e.g. Westwood Manor) and others are renowned across the world (e.g. Stourhead) they are all worth visiting. We have provided the approximate travel time from Avalon Lodge so you can plan your days out.

1) Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum &Village >>

(Time from Avalon 15 minutes)

Set in rural Wiltshire, Lacock village is famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings and more recently as a TV and film location, being the home of Harry Potter and many periodic dramas including Jane Austin's "Pride and Prejudice".

The museum celebrates the achievements of former Lacock resident, William Henry Fox Talbot, famous for his contributions to the invention of photography.

On a day out in Lacock there is plenty for you to see and do. It's the perfect place to spend a whole day.

2)Great Chalfi eld Manor &Gardens, Melksham >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 20 minutes)

Charming 15th-century moated manor house with Arts and Crafts garden sits in peaceful countryside, with church and stables;restored early 1900s.

3) Courts Garden Bradford on Avon >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 20 minutes)

Full of intrigue, this charming garden shows the English country style at its best full of different styled garden rooms each with it's own surprise.

4) Westwood Manor, near Bradford-on-Avon >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 20 minutes)

A beautiful small 15th-century stone manor house, built over three centuries (1490 great hall, fine decorative 17th-century plasterwork) with a modern topiary garden and a rare Italian keyboard instrument.

5) Bath Assembly Rooms >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 40 minutes)

Elegant public rooms at the heart of fashionable 18th-century Bath life.

The Fashion Museum (Bath &North East Somerset Council) is on the lower ground floor.

Link it with a full day out in Bath to see the sites.

6) Dyrham Park >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 40 minutes)

Spectacular late 17th-century mansion, garden and deer park. Lovely for a picnic.

7) Prior Park Landscape Gardens >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 40 minutes)

Capability Brown had a hand in establishing the stunning landscape of Prior Park. One of only four Palladian bridges of this design in the world can be crossed at Prior Park, which was created in the 18th century.

8) Little Clarendon, Dinton, Salisbury >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 45 minutes)

Little Clarendon was built in the late 15th century for a family of some local distinction, but its origins and early history remain mysterious. The house is furnished as it was in their day.

9) Dinton Park &Philips House Salisbury >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 50 minutes)

Neo-Grecian house restored to its setting of rolling parkland this early 19th-century house, nestling between a wooded ridge and parkland, is possibly one of Wiltshire's best kept secrets.

10) Mompesson House >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 50 minutes)

Elegant and spacious 18th-century house in the celebrated Cathedral Close in Salisbury.

11) Stourhead House &Gardens >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 50 minutes)

A breath-taking early 18th century English landscaped gardens, with lakeside walks, grottoes, classical temples and Palladian mansion;rare trees and plants is only the beginning.

12) Ashdown House Newbury >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 55 minutes)

Unusual Dutch-style house, with a dolls'-house appearance, nestles in a beautiful valley on the Berkshire Downs, surrounded by woodland.

13) Newark Park >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 60 minutes)

This remote corner of south Gloucestershire is a secret and unspoilt place, with barely a sign of modern life visible in any direction. A place of architectural intrigue, quaint gardens and sprawling parkland there is much to see and do at Newark.

14) Mottisfont Abbey (Time from Avalon Lodge 1 hour)  Ancient trees, bubbling brooks and rolling lawns frame this 18th-century house with a medieval priory at its heart

15) Buscot Park Faringdon >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 1hr 10 minutes)

Late 18th-century house, set in enchanting landscaped grounds.

16) Tyntesfield, Wraxhall >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 1hr 10 minutes)

A spectacular Victorian Gothic revival house with gardens and parkland.

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