But where did we go? I hear you asking.
From a distance the hall looks very grand but as you get closer you see it's in need of some TLC
There is work going on inside and outside as part of the restoration programme and have been awarded £5.9 million from the Heritage Lottery to go towards this. Unfortunately the grounds are nothing special at the moment but I'm sure in a few years that will be a different story.
This sunny little courtyard is used by the tea rooms and was well sheltered from the cold breeze. I think it's also used for other activities too from looking at the photos around.
This looks like a nice cupboard but surly it shouldn't be outside exposed to all the elements. Lets take a sneaky peak inside.Looks like it could be an early fridge
Tiled walls inside and wire shelving.
Ice box, do you suppose?.
I wouldn't be too happy using these.
Privy? I don't think so with large windows either side and three holes side by side. Not for me, I'll wait until we get home.
Interesting building all the same.
Some photos of the grounds.
Here are a couple of mischievous ones who didn't want their photos taken and decided to walk backwards.
Time to get tea on the go now. A nice warm pork hotpot.