Monday, 4 June 2018

Baddesley Clinton NT

Hi there everyone 😀

We are currently away in Yorkshire for the week, staying somewhere between the very lovely Robin Hood's Bay and Whitby, so I will have lots to share with you about our break over the coming weeks.

For now, I have the last day of our short break to Stratford-upon-Avon to share with you, which we decided to finish off with a visit to Baddesley Clinton, a National Trust property that we haven’t visited before, but was pretty much on our way home.

It was another lovely day and the fleeces were left in the car and, as usual, having skipped breakfast, our first stop was of the refreshment variety ... venison lasagne with big chunks of crusty bread, which set us up nicely for the rest of the day.

This is yet another NT property where the layout is such that the property gives a high impact reveal as you come out of the courtyard. It looked stunning against the blue sky, fully surrounded by its own moat.
We had a timed visit to the house so decided to explore the gardens first, which were fairly small, compared to a lot that we’ve seen, though there was some pretty impressive wisteria ....
... and a few other bits and pieces in flower ...

The vegetable gardens are currently under reconstruction following damage caused by the terrible winter that we’ve had ...
We wandered right around the house and moat ...

 ... and were really looking forward to seeing the courtyard garden that we could see across the moat, but first we had a wander around the lake ...

It was then time for our house visit. This was the view as we'd crossed the bridge over moat and came out under the archway ...

As if that wasn't pretty enough, this was the view looking back across the courtyard from the other side ...
Whilst this was the closest we got to taking photos in the house the interior was really interesting and there was lots to see. Inside the house is a bit of a maze and it was easy to get disorientated. We were both really surprised to find where we were when we came back outside.

There were plenty of ducks and geese baby chicks and goslings to watch swimming about and we did have a look for feathers for my new natural collection but had no joy ...
There was one last thing to see before we finished our visit and we made the 250 yard walk to the church, which was just beautiful, and we spent a good while just sitting in the sun enjoying the peace and quiet before heading back to the car to continue our journey home.
We had both had a lovely break, and neither of us were really ready to go home, but we hadn’t been back long before we were planning what to get up to for the last few days before Martin is back at work and there was still one last adventure on the cards, which I will tell you more about another time 😀

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