While there is a magnificent house to visit, the name of the property gives a clue to its origins. Dyrham (Deer-ham) was, and still is, home to a wonderful herd of fallow deer which can be seen roaming freely in the extensive grounds, where visitors can take several different walking routes.
The house, and church attached, are approached from the car park by a long-ish downhill walk (uphill on the way back!) or via the regular shuttle bus that is useful for those with mobility problems. The views of the familiar facade on arriving will remind visitors that Dyrham is often used in film and television series, most recently in Poldark.
The house itself was developed in the 17th century by William Blathwayt, former Secretary of War to George 111. Like many NT properties, it shows signs of great wealth thanks to the initial work of Blathwayt and renovations by the NT a few years ago. It is one of the most impressive baroque mansions we have visited.
We also enjoyed seeing the church, where the Blathwayts are buried, and the formal gardens which, as usual with the National Trust, are kept in excellent order. There are activities, such as nature trails, for the children and a range of other special events that are typical of the National Trust and make a visit here well worthwhile.
“Website for the park”:https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dyrham-park