When I visit houses with hubby we tend to just wander and he hopes that we don't have anyone talking to us as otherwise I get into conversation about old houses and start swapping stories which hubby finds very embarrassing, so I try and keep quiet and just look, not talk!
The photos are in the order that I took them going round the house and garden, so they are a bit of a mixture, but hopefully you will get the gist!
This is the outside of the house as you approach it, the only way to get a picture straight on was to walk down the drive and I was too lazy for that! It used to be the front, but now you go in another way.
There were so many tulips, it was beautiful. I was hoping to see some amazing arrangements in the house with them, but the weren't any, but it was still lovely to see them en masse in the gardens.
This is the front of the house now, you go in through the lovely arched doorway.
This picture is a bit dark, but I liked the way that the radiator had been stuck in front of the fire!
These two green lions are actually called Dogs of Fo, and are Chinese good luck symbols. They are generally in pairs, with the female having a cub under her paw and the male having either a money bag or ball under his paw. So you can see here female on the left and male on the right.
This house has lots of amazing architectural details, plasterwork, niches such as this one and beautiful chimney pieces.
This bath is in a cupboard in a bedroom - an early form of en suite I guess. I couldn't get a good photo of the whole room as it was rather full of people, but it really is a cupboard in the corner of a great big bedroom with a four poster bed!
At first we thought it was rather odd that these windows had been patched up with lead and replaced as they are not stained glass. When we went to look closer though we realised that the had writing scratched into the glass which is obviously why it had been preserved. You couldn't read the writing due to the UV film which has been put onto the glass, but if you zoom into the pictures you can just make out the writing although you cannot read it.
This is the detail in the corner of a leather and stud covered chest, it was very unlike anything that I had seen before.
There is a beautiful collection of samplers in the house and I took lots of photos of them to share with you, but they all came out fuzzy or dark or just generally rubbish apart from this one. The only answer therefore is a return visit sometime!
This is the long drive at the old front/now back of the house
At the very top of the house there is an amazing long gallery, it houses a selection of portraits of Kings and Queens that are on loan from the National Portrait gallery. It is a beautiful space, but no photos allowed, although I did sneak this one of the information sign and of a chimney piece when no one was looking! I know, I should be taken out and shouted at really, but there you go!
Then we came back out of the house and went for a wander round - and not because I had been thrown out for taking pictures!
This Yucca is massive and I bet that it is amazing when it is in bloom.
This was another cloud pruned hedge, it must be a popular feature in the local area as we also saw them at Lytes Cary Manor.
Then we found the tulip cutting garden! It went on and on and on it seemed. They were so beautiful, and again I thought it a shame that no arrangements had been made with them for the house.
I love the ones with the frilly edges.
Then we had a last look up at the house before heading on our way! It is another amazing house that is well worth a visit - in my humble opinion!
Just a reminder for newer readers in case it seems that I go on about the National Trust a lot. Well, I do, but I am not paid to do this! I only write about places that I go to and because I love them and Basildon Park because I work there, but not because I am asked to or because I get anything in return for my writing. It is just one of my interests that I like to share. Hopefully that explains things.
I have just one post left from our holiday which I will try and share over the weekend, if not, I will be back next week with it. It is a lovely garden! Crafting posts seem to have been thin on the ground lately, but at this time of year it is all garden garden garden and spring cleaning round these parts, and I don't suppose that you are interested in seeing what I cleaned in the kitchen or such like!
Hope that you all have a great weekend peeps, thanks as always for stopping by and for your lovely comments!