I absolutely adore Autumn. It is a glorious time of year; full of colours and treasures, walks through crunchy leaves while listening for bouncing squirrels overheard. It's also the time of year that we start exploring new National Trust places, arboretums in the grounds of stately homes are glorious in Autumn.
Last weekend we visited Dyrham Park for the first time, and we soon realised that it was going to be first of many visits.
From the car park to the property there is a long driveway and a walk of half a mile or so which meanders down into the valley through the woodland. The woodland is awash with the deer of Dyrham Park, the tamest deer I've ever seen. There are fallen trees, climbing trees, trees with echoes, trees with deer, trees with conkers, trees full of fun!We've been to a few National Trust places over the past year and a half and, while they are all beautiful, there are some that really stick in my mind. Dyffryn Gardens is our local NT place and it's beautiful; we're very luck to have it on our doorstep. Dyrham Park is like something out of a Jane Austen novel, Mr. TheBoyandMe even offered to try and find a nearby pond to dive into!
Unfortunately by the time we'd explored the woods and watched deer, sat in the courtyard and enjoyed a scrumptious cream tea, and sauntered around to the house entrance, we were twenty minutes too late to examine the inside of the stately home and the history of the property. It wasn't particularly a problem though as we'd already decided we will be going back many times.
The cultivated gardens in front of Dyrham House are a contrast to the wild woodland behind it, and are just as beautiful. We found a really friendly gardener who explained to us all about the perry pears and bee-keeping which goes on in the orchard, before we headed up the tunnel of trees back to the entrance.
There is a shuttlebus which operates between the car park and the house, I wouldn't recommend taking it down as that involves missing the beautiful woodland and deer, but it's an idea to catch it on the way back up as it's quite a steep walk.
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