Rob and I were lucky enough to receive a year’s membership to the National Trust for Christmas. My parents have been members for years and have taken me to lots of fantastic stately homes, parks and gardens, so I have a real fondness for them.
While we had a few days off over Christmas, we got good use out of our membership, heading to Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire, and Waddesdon Manor and Wimpole Hall – both within an hour’s drive of us here in Hertfordshire. We’ve got a few days off scheduled in March and are hoping to head off to Norfolk to explore a few more.
I thought I’d share a few of my favourite pics from these lovely places…
A gallery of ribbons tied around branches at Wimpole Hall – each ribbon represents a wish someone has made.
Hanging out with an enormous shire horse called Murphy and some adorable newborn piglets.
The last of the Christmas baubles.
Gorgeous winter texture in Wimpole’s walled garden.
A replica of a bedroom in Waddesdon Manor made entirely from biscuit!
A sculpture made entirely of wine bottles by Joana Vasconcelos in the grounds of Waddesdon. There’s some amazing art on the estate alone, and we didn’t even venture into the house to see the collection in there.
Time very well spent, I couldn’t recommend it enough. Click here if you’re interested in membership yourself.