Described by Christopher Hussey as ‘a necklace of garden rooms strung on green corridors’, the National Trust has recently restored the gardens.
Enjoy the magnificent herbaceous borders and the new white border.
Discover the Long Walk, the Lavender Garden, the Sunken Garden and the pond.
Explore the newly planted Orchard with fruit trees known to have been grown here in the 17th century.
There are three waymarked walks on the Lytes Cary Manor estate.
The gardens are usually open from the beginning of March until the end of October.
National Trust members visit for free.
William le Lyte owned the estate in 1286 and in the early 16th century, John Lyte added the Oriel Room. His son, Henry, published the Niewe Herball, or, Historie of Plantes in 1578, dedicating the translation from the French to Queen Elizabeth I. With numerous notes in both Latin and English, Lyte’s copy of the Herbal is in the house.
Through financial loss, the Lytes had to relinquish all rights to the estate in 1607. The property was leased to various tenants until 1907 when it was bought by Sir Walter and Lady Jenner. Sir Walter’s brother lived at Avebury Manor.
The Jenners restored the gardens in the Arts and Crafts style and extended the house.
Sir Walter died in 1948 and left the property to the National Trust.