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National Trust Dyrham Park
Tue 27 June 2017, 09:00 – 19:00 BST
Nestled in an ancient deer park at one end of the Cotswold Ridge, this baroque mansion was built in two stages between 1692 and 1704 for King William III’s Secretary of State, William Blathwayt. Building upon an earlier Tudor house, the Huguenot architect Samuel Hauduroy created the west front of the house while William Talman, Comptroller of the King’s Works, built the east front.
Talmann also built an orangery, inspired by the example at Versailles, onto the south front of the house. Over the years, little of the interior has changed; as such, Dyrham boasts one of the best surviving Baroque interiors in the country.
The rooms feature oak wainscoting, walnut panelling and leather-hung walls. The hugely spacious Great Hall is the historic core of Dyrham; once the heart of the original Tudor house, it is all that survived from that period after Blathwayt’s rebuilding.
The park is also great to visit at this time of year as it is the magical season of fawning at Dyrham Park.
Timings: Leave Leominster 9:00am, Hereford 9:30am, Ross on Wye 10:15am. Depart at 4:30pm and travel back to Ross 6:00pm, Hereford 6:30pm and Leominster at 7:00pm.
Costs: Including travel costs NT members are £22.00 per person and non NT members are £31.00 per person.