We decided to renew our National Trust membership for another year, so what better way to start this new year with a trip to Dyrham Park. I had already earmarked this for a visit last year, but we never made it. With the promise of a sunny day we headed off to this baroque country house and deer park in South Gloucestershire.
The house is surrounded by 270 acres of ancient parkland. Within this is a herd of fallow deer. Of course, this means that dogs are not allowed in the deer park and this was actually a big selling point for our visit here with both of the girls being scared of dogs. They were able to run wild in the grounds without fear of dogs being also able to run wild. There were amazing views onto the surrounding countryside, made even better by the blue skies and sunshine.
The grounds seemed vast. Before we had even discovered the house, we found the “Old Lodge” play area – much to the delight of the girls! I found in quite surprising that the house itself was lower down in the grounds, missing out on the stunning views from the higher ground. However, it did mean that the house had shelter from the winds, and to be honest, the beautiful gardens more than made up for it.
The house itself was also impressive both on the inside and the outside. We enjoyed exploring the interior and the girls were kept occupied by a trail within the house. The gardens at the back of the house were definitely worth visiting too. There are two ponds, with an artificial waterfall feeding into one of them. This provided a relaxing trickling noise as you wandered past. Surrounding the pond were spring flowers. It was definitely one of those places that I could have spent a quiet ten minutes relaxing in. Obviously, that isn’t really possible when the girls are keen to keep looking round!
Dyrham Park was so much more than I expected it to be. Although I don’t feel like we need to visit the house itself again, I could happily spend more time walking through the deer park or enjoying the gardens again. I am sure we will be back to see how these change with the seasons.