Visit to Orchard Wyndham (Buildings Section)
Wed. 15 April 2020 at 2:00 pm
Orchard Wyndham: A home for over 700 years
Sitting in a bowl on the edge of Exmoor, between the Brendon Hills to the east, and the Quantocks to the west, Orchard Wyndham is a secret and ancient place. Look at it from the north and it appears to be a stately mediaeval manor. From the west it looks more like a hamlet. Both are true. It is a rambling, occasionally grand, house that demands much maintenance and sensitive restoration. It is also a living house, the roots of the Wyndham family.
Listed Grade I and home to the Wyndhams and their ancestors for over 700 years, the house has gone through periods of neglect and rediscovery, each generation leaving its mark. This cycle explains the fascinatingly diverse architectural styles which we shall see during our tour.
2.00 Assemble in front of the house. Mrs Chandler, a member of the Wyndham family, will welcome us for a full two-hour tour.
4.15 A cream tea at the White Horse Inn, Washford, just 5 minutes-drive away.
Accessibility: A few steps into house and there is no disabled WC.
The cost includes the full private tour and a cream tea.
Directions: Postcode TA4 4HH. Grid ref. ST 073 399. Orchard Wyndham is about a mile from the village of Williton, which lies east of Minehead on A39 and northwest of Taunton on A358.
In Williton, on the mini roundabout at junction of A39/A358, take westbound A39 towards Minehead; this is Bank Street. Almost immediately, after the caravans, turn left, signposted Parish Church, into Bridge Street. After 100 yds follow the Parish Church sign sharp right. Passing St Peter’s Church on your left, proceed straight ahead over a stream and meadow to a fork in the road with a gatehouse and two small blue signs ‘Wyndham Estate’.
Take the right-hand drive, in front of the lodge, towards the main house. As you come up the main drive you will see a blue sign, which marks a left turn towards car park and estate office. Take that left turn to the designated car park at the back of the buildings.