Sunday, 24 May 2015

Berrington Hall

Tayberry flowers

As it was a lovely sunny day on Saturday we decided to have a day out.  I have wanted to go to Berrington Hall for a while and it excelled my expectations.  We started with a tour of the below stairs area which was fascinating, then we went around the walled garden with its wonderful potting shed.

A trio of cans in the Potting Shed

Back to the house for a look around inside.  The costumes on display were amazing.  Some were replicas and others were originals from their collection.  There was a patchwork quilt out on display too.  Downstairs costumes from 'Sense and Sensibility' by Jane Austen are displayed and upstairs we found a room which displays the workbooks, patterns, costings, etc for one of the dresses on display.  The current day cost to reproduce the dress (excluding labour) was around £500.

We had a lovely walk in the grounds which took us across meadow, through a wood and around the lake.  Herons nesting on the island were making a lot of noise.  Plenty of goslings and ducklings about on the lake and lots of wildflowers.  We seemed to spend an awful lot of time in the tea rooms, but that is one of the problems of going somewhere with DH.

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