We are in the midst of the renovation of Rhiannon’s house, which is coming along very nicely. We took on a simultaneous ‘whole house’ renovation, and most rooms are part or nearly completely finished. We should soon be in a position to show some after photographs – but only for some of the rooms, as the kitchen hasn’t yet begun!
On Saturday we decided that we’d earned a day off so Tim and I looked for a National Trust property with a walk. We usually head east, into Derbyshire, but the weather forecast to the west of us looked better so we set off to
Attingham Park, near . Shrewsbury
I can’t believe that we’ve never visited before. We arrived early and were given a couple of tickets for the guided tour at 10.30 – the only one to take place that day. Our guide was Martin who entered into the spirit of the times by dressing up as Lord Berwick. At first it looked like we were the only takers for the tour until we were joined at the last minute by another visitor. Phew!
The tour lasted for about 90 minutes and was absolutely fantastic – history came alive! We learned that many of the treasures of the house were sold off to pay the debts of Thomas Berwick but the house was bought by his younger brother, William. William was a diplomat in
and brought back treasures from his house there which had previously been the home of Caroline, the sister of Napolean. Italy
The beautiful picture gallery with a roof designed by John Nash was undergoing renovations. For details of the renovations, and more, check out this blog.
We managed a walk of about 3.5 miles, through the
with wonderful views of the Wrekin. deer park
The Repton oak...
If you are nearby it is well worth a detour and a few hours of your time. We'll go again to see the renovated picture gallery.
Then it was back to Rhiannon’s little renovation project - without a Nash roof…