For months we’ve been saying we’d like to join the National Trust, and so we decided that that’s what we’d have as a Christmas gift. A few days after Christmas, I got us all signed up and so ever-eager, we were off on an adventure to our first property at the weekend.
We chose Baddesley Clinton, as it was relatively close to us, and both the house and gardens were open for us to have a mooch around. On arrival, it was raining (of course!) so we made our way straight over to the house.
Boo was delighted on entering, as there was a children’s trail, where they had to find 12 candy canes dotted about the house. I do like things like this, as it keeps her engaged, but whilst I wanted to roam, linger and soak up each room, once she’d found her cane, she was off!
It was a beautiful manor, and as a bit of fun at the end, there was a dressing up box. Boo went for a hat and scarf, while Little Man took the opportunity to have a sit down..
Luck was on our side, as as we came outside, the rain dried up so that we could stroll and explore the grounds, paintings, and all complete with puddles, of course…
There is a lovely walled garden there, though it looked a little bleak on a soggy January day…
I’m really looking forward to returning when the flowers are in full bloom, and I’ll bring you more colourful photos then. It’ll also be lovely to take a picnic and enjoy the extensive grounds and walks. And maybe, just maybe, the kids will stay still long enough for me to properly explore the little second-hand bookstore they have there..
All in all, it was a lovely afternoon out. It was great to have somewhere like this to be able to go and discover together.
And OK, so we’re only one visit in so far, but I just know that this is going to be my favourite Christmas present 🙂 We’re just deciding on where to go next now!