September 2017 – Lyme Park
The National Trust Group’s September visit was to Lyme Park near Manchester that has featured in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth. Thomas Legh, an intrepid traveller and collector, lived at Lyme from 1792-1857 and was the architect of the revival of the estate during the early part of the 18th century. When Thomas inherited the estate it was very old fashioned, so he made many changes and transformed Lyme into the magnificent home it is today – filling it with treasures from his explorations from around the world! We all enjoyed the tales of Thomas Legh’s travels and exploring the beautiful gardens and parklands of Lyme! Even the rain held off for most of the day!! Claire Booth
August 2017 – Waddesdon Manor
The National Trust group visited the beautiful ‘chateau styled’ Waddesdon Manor – home of the Rothschild family for many years! The weather was atrocious but we all had a lovely time – the house and contents were fabulous with plenty to see and do. There were wonderful paintings by famous artists (even I knew the names of) also a fascinating aviary, wine cellars and shops.
The formal gardens provided a stunning display overlooking the beautiful countryside! There were different places to eat – we chose the Stables restaurant and enjoyed the food there and a really good cup of tea! Everyone enjoyed the day and would like a return visit during the Christmas season. Claire Booth
April 2017 – Hanbury Hall
The National Trust Group spent a wonderful day at Hanbury Hall in warm and sunny weather! The house was cosy and interesting to browse. Also there was plenty of time to explore and enjoy the magnificent gardens and parkland.
The formal garden had small box hedges, trimmed to perfection, and was bordered by masses of hyacinths interspersed with tulips. It was breathtaking, as was the scent!
We walked through the lush meadows, full of sheep with new lambs, and up a steep hill to the estate church. There were bluebells and primroses everywhere and a panoramic view as far as the Malvern Hills! Everyone enjoyed the trip! Claire Booth