In the spirit of adventure, I thought I’d take a break from writerly affairs this week and share with you the highlights of one of our recent family days out.
It was on a very wet afternoon that we arrived at the lovely grounds that lead up to Charlecote Park, a sixteenth century country house that rests beside the River Avon in Warwickshire.
Although originally built in 1558, it has been renovated many times and, now administered by the National Trust, it’s a wonderful example of an old stately home that has been beautifully restored so that you can wander around at your leisure and see how families really lived centuries before us.
My daughter, being the little chef that she is, was particularly enthralled with the kitchens where costumed guides cook Victorian recipes. It’s supposedly one of the best examples of Victorian working kitchens left in Britain and it was impressive to watch the cook making apple pie from an ‘original’ recipe.
The library was a beautifully bright room; I can just imagine languishing on one of their chaise longues with a book. The globes were pretty impressive too.
I was rather taken with the range of carriages which were wonderfully restored. This was my favourite, although I imagine it might give quite a bumpy ride up that long driveway.
The Great Hall, where the walls were covered with paintings and family collectables, was very impressive and a favourite of my husband.
Thankfully the rain cleared whilst we were in the house and we were able to take a look around the grounds afterwards. It’s alleged that a young William Shakespeare was caught poaching the in the extensive parklands that surround the estate and still house a herd of deer.
With a quiz for the little ones and endless historical references for the adults, I would certainly recommend this as a day out for the whole family. The house opens again mid-February. More information can be found on their at http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/charlecote-park/
Have a great week, everyone. Wishing happy adventures to you all.