The house was built in the 16th Century, with changes being made in the 1720's. It was gifted to the National Trust in the 1940's by the Legh family.
First of all a little tour around the outside of the magnificent house.
You know that I always love to keep an eye out for pineapples...
Inside we go!
There are so many incredible details in this house, carvings, woodwork, ceilings and wonderful chandeliers.
This carving - above - is the work of the incredibly famous Grinling Gibbons.
Many of the rooms have wonderful clocks in them, and there is an exhibition of clocks which we will see in a moment.
Sometimes I am asked why I take so many pictures of ceilings. It is because they are usually very beautiful, decorative, tell the story of a place, and, most importantly, don't have people stood in the way of them!
This fireplace is incredible isn't it. I have never seen anything like it. I would love a fire like this.
More wonderful Gibbons carving.
These decanters are hanging in the butlers pantry on this special rack to dry them. It is very ingenious isn't it.
The bedrooms were just as good as the main show rooms downstairs. This bedspread/cover made in crewel work is beautiful isn't it.
When we were coming down these stairs I suddenly had a funny turn as I was sure that I had dreamt of them or been down then before. I am certain though that I have never been to Lyme Park before. Very odd indeed!!!!!
This is the clock exhibition that I mentioned earlier. I really liked the way that they were displayed so that you could see the front and back and where possible the inner workings of the clocks. It made it very interesting indeed.
Then we moved on to the gardens and this beautiful green house.
The fountain is beautiful isn't it. You can tell that it is very old by all of the moss growing on it!
Outside again we took a walk around the gardens.
This is the famous lake! Quite unimposing when you see it in real life. It shows how different they can make things look on film. No Mr Darcy climbing out of it all dripping wet either! Not fair!!
This garden is incredible isn't it, you can only really view it from above, but that certainly gives the best views of all as you can really see the intricate designs.
Well, that is our walk around Lyme Park done for today! I would recommend a visit if you are ever in the area. You can find out more information here.
p.s. don't forget to check who you are swapping Christmas cards with and get in touch with your partner. The details of the swappers can be found here.