When is the last time you took a moment to take stock of the incredible city within which we live and work? From the Romans to the Georgians, each generation has made its mark and turned this World Heritage City into what it is today. We’re lucky that, because of this heritage, so much of our past has been treasured and preserved for us today, and why at The Apartment Company we can help find people homes within beautiful period properties. As a city we know how important our history is, which is why we’re making a point of visiting some of our city’s treasures this year.
Founded in 1895, the National Trust is celebrating its 125th year in 2020. This well-loved organisation continues to care for our historic properties and stunning countryside and ensure that we can enjoy access to luscious green spaces. With a variety of National Trust sites to visit locally, why not take a little time this year to reconnect with what’s around you whilst supporting a respected organisation.
Prior Park Landscape Garden
You may pass it regularly, you may even walk through it as you go about your daily routine, but when was the last time you really took a moment to enjoy this most gorgeous 18th century landscape garden? Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean there isn’t so much to enjoy, with green laurels and evergreen trees and shrubs, as well as seasonal plants – and you may even catch a glimpse of the kingfisher. Last year, an exciting restoration project began on the park’s 18th century dams; time has taken its toll on them, and the restoration will, amongst other things, restore the historic cascade and landscape.
With the crisp air chilling your cheeks, a winter’s walk is a wonderful way to brush off some cobwebs amongst this 6 miles of ancient woodlands, meadows and valleys. See the city’s landscape from a different perspective whilst you and your family create your own adventures on the Family Discovery Trail or even venture up to Little Solsbury Hill and stand on the site of an Iron Age hill fort.
As you head south outside the city, you will discover the 15th century stone manor house, Westwood Manor. Although it has changed several times over the centuries, it was restored to its 17th century glory by Edgar 'Ted' Lister who bought the manor in 1911. Make sure you take a step outside to see and experience the tranquillity of the topiary garden. The Manor is closed for winter but will be open again from April, and is certainly a place to visit this spring/summer.
Great Chalfield Manor and Garden
If you have visited Melksham you will no doubt be aware of or have even explored Great Chalfield Manor and Garden, a medieval manor house with an arts and crafts garden. Its tranquil setting offers 7 acres of gardens and the house, having survived five centuries, is very much the same as it was when it was commissioned in the 1470s. Just like Westwood Manor, this will be closed until 1 April, but we can assure you the wait will be worth it.
Love where you live
Make 2020 the year that you rediscover where you live; spend your free time getting out and about, and maybe you’ll join us in helping the National Trust celebrate their 125th celebrations. If you would like to learn more about what different areas of the city can offer you if you decide to make them your home, call our team at The Apartment Company.