Wednesday, 17 April 2013
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!