Nostell Priory near Wakefield, a Palladian House built in the 18th Century as a statement of wealth and status for the Winn family. Unfortunately the political aspirations of the 1st Baronet was not realised and the cost of building the house drained the available cash. It wasn't until Coal on the estate and iron at one of the building estates in Lincolnshire turned the fortune around when steel was started to be manufactured in Scunthorpe in the 19th century the house was completed.
when the house returned to prosperity some exquisite Chippendale furniture was commissioned and today there are over 100 pieces still to be seen. When walking round do look up and admire the plaster-work on the ceilings which are a mixture of Rococo designs by James Paine and the Neo-classic designs of Robert Adams. Add in some interesting paintings and a 1717 Long Case clock by John Harrison it all adds up to an interesting visit.
Outside the Kitchen Garden behind the Orangery, includes vegetables that are faithful to those that would have been grown in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Follow the winding path past the middle lake and you will come to the Menagerie Garden created by Robert Adam in 1743. The Menagerie garden would originally have housed some exotic animals from monkies, colourful birds and even lions.
Carry on and you will come to the lower lake and see some of the chestnut s and oaks on the estate pleasure park. Walking back up past middle lake you will see the impressive cascade at Druids Bridge. Interested in wildlife look out for a few Herons and if you are lucky yo might even see one of the kingfishers streaking past.
Cafe facilities on site
Ground floor of House is accessible first floor accessed by stairs, a lift is available for small manual wheelchairs.
Gardens and parkland partly accessible, map available for suitable routes.
Electric buggy available for transfer between reception and the house on request on arrival.
Price £25.50 National Trust Members. Child Price (NT member) £12
(membership cards required on arrival).
Price for non-member of the National Trust £37.00, Child Price £18 includes admission.
Depart From: City Centre (Dudley Street) at 08:00, Harborne (Lordswood Road) 08:20, Selly Oak (Oak Tree Lane) 08:35, Bournville Green 08:40 and Kings Norton Railway Station 08:50
view maps of departure points: click here
To book this trip please phone 0121 459 7524 or use the contact form and we will get back to you.
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DB - New Forest part of a Short Break (via Facebook) 5th August 2017