Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Boing


That's the sound of spring having sprung - well, it seem to have finally arrived here - and not a minute too soon. I was beginning to think we had entered another Ice Age.


The weather forecasters promised that Sunday was going to be warm and sunny, so we decided to believe them and head off to a (new to us) English Heritage property *without coats*. Daring. I know, but there it is.


Wrest Park is about 45 minutes drive from us and is so impressive and beautiful I am slightly baffled as to why we haven't been before. The house is gorgeous, and the grounds are vast - so much so it took us well over an hour to wander around them. There are statues and follies hidden all over the place and our girls had a lot of fun map reading and directing us the the next point of interest. The house and gardens  are being extensively restored and the facilities for visitors are excellent. Sometimes I think English Heritage try a little bit harder than the National Trust - at least around these parts.


In the grounds stands the ultimate party house  - a stunning round pavilion complete with guest rooms, tiny servants bedrooms and a vast cellar kitchen. There are tiny narrow staircases and astonishingly paintings on the walls. Talk about glamping!




21 comments:

  1. It looks a wonderful place!
    Re the spring, it is milder but guess what, it's raining here again! :(
    V xxx

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  2. That does look stunning. Can't say I have heard of it before, but looks like a place to keep note of if we are ever in the area.

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  3. Wow, excellent photographs! I think my favorite indoor shot is the carpeted staircase :)

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  4. Looks like a beautiful day out! I love going to historic places and grand old houses. Then I think, 'I am so glad I don't have to do all this dusting'. ; ) Hurrah for Spring and English Heritage.

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  5. Gosh! We must go back there. Last time we could only walk through the entrance hall and go out onto the terrace to access the gardens. I think the building was being used as a college? Looks like lots of restoration has been done. Isn't the park amazing?! As for the 'party house' - I wanted to have a party in it!

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  6. Looks fab! I haven't been there - will have to check it out...

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  7. Totally agree about EH/NT. Why have I never even heard of this place, it looks amazing. Spring had indeed boinged- I think my neighbours must just have been laughing themselves silly watching me peg sheets on the line in the wind just now though!
    Ax

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  8. What a fabulous house. One to spend hours taking photographs.
    And yes, Spring has sprung, noticed on my way to work this morning that the trees along the A14 (of all places...) are becoming much greener.

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  9. Oooh, that looks like such a neat place to visit. You're so lucky to have so many gorgeous historical places at your fingertips!

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  10. I'm ashamed to admit that I've not even heard of it before. Ooops! I think it is time we made a visit.

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  11. Looks lovely. I've not been myself but looks like its worth a visit x

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  12. Like you Val I'm so glad there has been a recent 'boing', it's about time isn't it? What a wonderful place you've told us about, thanks for sharing your photos, I shall add it to our list of places we must visit.

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  13. This place looks wonderful Val!!! I love touring old homes. Of course in the US, they are not that old! I have visited some cool place in Europe with amazing grounds. Those things always get my imagination going! I have stepped out of my house a couple of days this week without a jacket too. It feels so freeing. :)

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  14. I love visiting big old houses!!!

    BUT everytime I suggest it ... a mutiny ensue... and I get overran. Sigh. The price of democracy can be harsh.

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  15. no coats. madness. we take coats everywhere even in July......

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  16. Oh my, that would be glamping!

    I agree, I think EH do work a bit harder than NT, maybe because they've less money in the bank.

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  17. Stunning. And you are right, spring is finally here. Had a fantastic day out in the sun on Saturday, also with no coats!

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  18. Very daring indeed, but totally worth it. I even rolled up my sleeves today!

    Loving the new look.

    Nina x

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  19. What a great place! My favourite kind of day out :)

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  20. It sounds like you had lovely day out Val. I really wish we did more days out as a family, I feel like I have let the children down by not taking them to more local sites of interest but the cost has always been a factor - especially if you think of stopping for a cup of tea anywhere! But I do need to try to go out more often. Lucy xx

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  21. (jaw dropping)
    seriously, you brits have all the gorgeous historical stuff. Old stuff here is like from the late 1800's!

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