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Summer Outing to Cothay Manor

Summer Outing to Cothay Manor Saturday 13 May 2017
As mentioned at the AGM and in the September newsletter, our summer outing this year will be to Cothay, which is a privately owned and lovingly nurtured historic manor house built in 1485 on the Devon/Somerset border near Wellington. A coach will pick up from Sturminster, Sherborne and Yeovil and drop walkers at a convenient point to start their walk, which will end at Cothay. This will be approx 5 miles. The coach will continue down the very narrow lanes to Cothay and non- walkers will be given a private tour of the gardens by the owner, Mary-Anne Robb. Both groups will then enjoy a ploughman’s lunch which consists of artesan bread, local cheddar cheese, homemade chutney, side salad and optional homemade honey and grained mustard dressing, served with a drink of lemon squash (£7). Tea and coffee is also available (£2 or £5 with locally made cakes). We would then all be given a tour of the house. There will be time for the walkers to see the gardens, and then head home. We will have the place to ourselves (the reason for a Saturday visit rather than Sunday, when Cothay is open to the public) and are inviting Sturminster Horticulture Society to join us, so an early response is advisable. The breakdown of costs are as follows per person;

Coach £10, hoping we manage to attract 40 people
Entry to House and Garden, incl tours £16.50
Ploughman’s lunch £7
Total £33.50

Please fill in the booking slip and either send cheque for total amount or £10 deposit to secure your place and return to Jenny N by Sun 26 Feb. The total amount will be due by 30 April. We advise an early reply as this outing is likely to be popular and we cannot ‘save’ places on coach.

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‘Twelve acres of magical gardens surround the manor. Many garden rooms, each a garden in itself, are set off a 200 yard yew walk. In addition, fine trees, cottage garden, courtyards, and a river walk; a plantsman’s paradise. The gardens have achieved the highest accolade of two stars in the Good Garden Guide and in June 2012 featured in the Daily Telegraph’s ’20 Best Gardens in Britain’


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