Wednesday, 5 October 2016

First Autumnal Weekend - Calke Abbey

Last weekend C's mum came to stay and we decided to explore Calke Abbey, a local National Trust property. Whilst there I managed to convince C to get joint membership, finally - I've been trying for years! Calke Abbey isn't actually an Abbey itself, but a stately home built on the site of a former religious house by the Harpur family

The house had the most beautiful grounds, which  we explored before heading to the house. It felt lovely and autumnal as we wandered around the various paths, gardens and buildings

The house itself was extraordinary - it's been left in the state of slight neglect in which it was passed to the NT, as a monument to the struggles of the large stately houses mid-twentieth century. One of the previous Harpurs was obsessed with natural history, and a large portion of the rooms were filled with glass cases of dead animals. It was a bit eerie to be honest.

My favourite room was the library, look at all those books!

After our visit to the house we went back to the gardens and had a wander around the kitchen garden. I loved the scarecrows!

As always a brilliant day out with the National Trust - looking forward to making the most of the membership!!!


  1. We don't use our life long membership nearly often enough. Wouldn't you love to have a library like this?

  2. Such a gorgeous house. Can you imagine all the upkeep it takes? As for the dead animals I would be avoiding them!

  3. NT gardens are always a joy to visit. We have been members of the Scottish NT for some years now and enjoy the gardens most of all. Enjoy your membership. Hx

  4. Gorgeous photos! That scarecrow looks spooky cute♥


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