A day out with friends, took us to Berrington Hall, near Leominster, Herefordshire, UK. The hall is looked after by The National Trust. Go to http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ for more information on the organization.
Berrington Hall was saved for the nation as it’s one of the few masterpieces of the famous architect Henry Holland to survive intact. His villa of 1778 -83 was intricately planned to sit on a new site selected by the ageing ‘Capability’ Brown, who had laid out the new park. Go along and see for yourself, some of the sumptuous interiors and neat external architecture.
The history of the hall is taken from the web site:
Go to this site for information on the building history. The site gives full information on the hall itself and a host of usual facts to make your visit interesting.
Family (1 adult): £14.25
They have a fine collection of articles to see from exquisite 18th-century furniture to the ‘A thousand fancies’ costume exhibition, Berrington Hall holds a two century span of domestic interiors and family treasures to enjoy. Highlights include: costumes from the Charles Paget Wade Collection and the Elmar Digby collection of French furniture, clocks and works of art.
Charles Paget Wade (1883–1956) was an English architect, artist-craftsman and poet; today he is perhaps best remembered for the eclectic collection he amassed during his life, a collection which can be seen at Snowshill Manor, his former home in the village of Snowshill, Gloucestershire, which he gave to the National Trust in 1951. The collection is now on show at Berrington Hall.
The gardens are very beautiful and are well kept. The potting shed should not be missed. Overall the hall is well worth the entrance fee and we enjoyed the visit very much. My daughter played croquet on the lawn. Info for the game: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croquet
I thought the best room to visit is the laundry. Takes to back to facilities available to wash and iron the clothes for the gentry of the hall.
The gardens and the potting shed will feature in the next posting. Anyways, a great day out for family and if the weather looks good, take along a picnic.