National Trust

Exploring National Trust properties in Dorset may be just what is needed for your holiday in the South West.  Here are some of our favourite local National Trust properties you might consider while you are staying at Langford Valley Barn.

Exploring National Trust properties in Dorset

A selection of our local National Trust properties

Hardy’s Cottage

This evocative cob and thatch cottage is the birthplace of Thomas Hardy. Hardy is an English novelist and poet. His novels includ Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891).

Cloud’s Hill

This is the rural retreat of T. E. Lawrence. Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence, CB, DSO (1888 – 1935) was a British archaeologist, military officer, diplomat, and writer.

Lawrence is renowned for his liaison role during the Sinai and Palestine Campaign. He is also known for his role in the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. His earned international fame from the film Lawrence of Arabia, the 1962 film based on his wartime activities.

Kingston Lacey

A lavish family home built to resemble an Italian Palace in the rural Dorset countryside near Wimborne Minster, Dorset.

It was for many years the family seat of the Bankes family. They lived nearby at Corfe Castle until its destruction in the English Civil War. It was destroyed after its incumbent owners, Sir John Bankes and Dame Mary, had remained loyal to Charles I.

Brownsea Island

Famous for red squirrels, wildlife and Scouting. Brownsea Island is the largest of the islands in Poole Harbour in Dorset.

The island is owned by the National Trust. The island is open to the public. Areas of woodland and heath have a wide variety of wildlife. Cliff top views include Poole Harbour and the Isle of Purbeck. The island is the location of the first camp in 1907 that led to the formation of the Scout movement.

Montecute House

A masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design. With its towering walls of glass, glow of ham stone, and its gardens it is a place of beauty. Its Long Gallery is the longest in England. The Long Gallery serves as a South-West outpost of the National Portrait Gallery displaying a range of oils and watercolours.

Barrington Court

Discover the echoes of history in the heart of Somerset. Breathtaking gardens and working orchards to enjoy during your visit.

Barrington Court is a Tudor manor house begun around 1538 and completed in the late 1550s. The house was originally surrounded by a medieval deer park and in the 17th century a formal garden was constructed. This had largely disappeared until a new garden was laid out by Gertrude Jekyll in an Arts and Crafts-style. It now contains walled kitchen gardens, fruit orchards and ornamental gardens.

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