We had a lovely day out on Saturday courtesy of the National Trust. They were doing a free entry weekend for most of their properties. We went to Rufford Old Hall at Rufford near Southport.
|Front of the hall|
We took along L's friend for company and took a lovely picnic which we ate in the grounds.
The woodland walk was nice but short. There was evidence of some den buildings which looked fun. In a month or so the woods will look very different with a thick carpet of Bluebells.
The back of the hall looking at the formal gardens. Unfortunately the formal gardens were looking a bit rough as a number of trees and plant had to be removed due to disease and was going through a reconstruction. There was a tiny vegetable garden herbs and rhubarb and a bed waiting to be planted up and a wonderful orchard. All the trees had labels on to state what variety the fruit was and was beautifully pruned.
Next to the orchard there was a field set up with children's games of swing ball, twister, gnome hoopla and chess.
At the side of the Hall was a canal with a lovely walk along the side.
The great hall was grand, it was the only room where we could take any photos. This room is also used for weddings. We went into five other rooms all nicely set up with guides who were very knowledgeable.
The magnificent ceiling.
This heavily caved screen (right) is the only Tudor one left in existence. It was believed to be used to hide the servants as they entered and left the hall to and from the kitchens and the minstrels would sit behind as they played.
We did have a lovely day.
Did anyone else take advantage of the offer over the weekend or did you do something else.
Thanks for dropping by it was nice to see you.