We made good use of our National Trust membership and the gorgeous weather today, by visiting Croome Park, near Pershore, Worcs.
It was the home of George, 6th Earl of Coventry
a chap who was worth the equivalent of £28million today, so didn't have to worry about hiring 'Capability' Brown to design the park - the first project Brown completed from scratch. It is a glorious place - so tranquil, and the house is stunning, especially in the lovely warm, morning sun.
This little chap was very friendly, and not at all afraid
It was lovely to be greeted by a real fire in the entrance hall - The Earl commissioned Robert Adam to design the fireplaces etc.
The doors are all very detailed, and made from hard woods from all over the globe.
This is the tea room, with another fantastic Adam fireplace and beautiful ceiling and chandelier - not to mention one of the best carrot cakes I've tasted!
Outside, the panorama is like this in every direction.
The 'home shrubbery' was apparently a favourite walk of the 6th Earl, where the trees have amazing trunks, and snowdrops spring up everywhere just now.
The shrubbery leads to The Rotunda, which was used for banquets and parties.
The inside is as detailed as the main building, and magnificently intricate.
This 'river' took 12 years to dig by hand, and imitates the shape of the River Severn.
The church - and two houses - originally in front of the main house, were moved by Brown - the church to the top of the hill, and the houses to elsewhere on the estate, so as not to impede the view!
Like the house, the woodwork is amazing, as you can see by the pulpit and baptismal font.
Well, you're probably suffering from cultural indigestion after all that, so I'll stop and say goodnight. Back to crafting in the next post. Hugs for now, Chris xx