Enjoying the gardens at National Trust’s Packwood House

It seems like such a long time ago, nearly 4 weeks, that N started school.  I’d taken his first day off work in the hope of meeting friends who were in the same boat, to celebrate and commiserate, but it didn’t work out.  Friends were working, or had appointments booked in, or their children weren’t starting on the same day.

So I decided that I would go on a National Trust visit.  Last year we really made the most of our membership and blitzed lots of places, but since renewing we’ve only been to a couple.

I decided that I’d visit Packwood House in Warwickshire.  It’s only 30 minutes or so away, so I dropped N off at school, then headed north.  If I’d had the whole day free I’d have done Packwood House in the morning and revisited Baddesley Clinton in the afternoon (it’s only round the corner), but I knew I had to be back for school pick up.

picture frames at Packwood House cafe

I arrived just before the house and gardens opened, so headed for the kitchen café, which is beautifully done out, and serves amazing huge slices of cake.  It was packed with walkers, families and others, so I was straight out towards the house to try and avoid the rush for the house when it was open.

Packwood House from outside the gate

Oddly, the house is across the road, but it’s only a minute walk.  We waiting for the gates and doors to be opened, then the few of us made our way inside.

National Trust Packwood House

It so noticeable how slow having a young child with you makes things….apart from him rushing through when he gets bored.  I was able to look at what I wanted and take my time taking photos.

entrance hall at Packwoood house

Children always have something to do at National Trust properties, and at Packwood House they have a tea cup search which several children were doing.

flags in the great hall at Packwood House

I loved the white and blue patterned tile theme that the house used, taken from those in the bathroom.  As with many stately homes and mansions, Packwood has had royalty staying in the house, so there’s always interesting history to be heard.  The owner even built a ‘tudor’ extension which is an interesting addition.

a bedroom at Packwood House

The house isn’t massive so it didn’t take long to walk round.  It’s really the gardens that are the spectacular part.

water fountain and pond at Packwood House

garden at packwood house

packwood house gardens

It had been wet the night before, so the flowers were beautiful but coated in raindrops.  I’d only had my new macro lens delivered the Saturday before, so I was in my element trying out the new lens and looking for gorgeous shots.

water droplets

orange flower and raindrops

red raindropped flower

echinachea macro

purple flowers and bokeh

hoverfly on purple flower

yellow flower macro

 

And of course, Packwood House is pretty famous for its yew trees, an reason that I really must take N to see some time.

yew trees at packwood house

I then headed down to the lake to see the folly art installations.  Unfortunately the causeway footpath was closed for work being done, so I could only walk one way round, but walking through the orchards, by the lake and through the trees was still a nice walk.

folly at packwood house

hotch potch folly at Packwood House

the lake at Packwood House

The follies were a little odd, although they do look great in the setting.  Fun for children, who were enjoying both of them.

Returning back towards the house, I decided against getting lunch at Packwood House. The café was packed out, so I chose to have a wander round the kitchen garden instead.

kitchen garden growing plants

pretty kitchen garden

welly planters

kitchen garden at Packwood House

Gorgeous blooms, some interesting insect traps, and some children friendly displays and play areas.  You can tell how much work the gardening teams must put into the National Trust gardens to make them so fun, colourful and productive.

orange dahlia

purple poppies

wasp on a yellow flower

teddy bears picnic at PackWood house
Teddy Bears Picnic
Cinderella display
Cinderella’s carriage scene

champagne bottles display

I left having enjoyed Packwood House, and in particular the gardens, and made my way back to pick up N.  It did feel very odd not having him with me, and made me think about the next place I want to go and take him to explore.

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37 thoughts on “Enjoying the gardens at National Trust’s Packwood House

    1. Thanks Charlotte. I also have a huge list (mostly from reading blogs!). It’s finding the time to get to them, especially before N refuses to go which he’s starting to do now. He just wants to be on the farm Booo!.

    1. The 50 things challenge is great for kids. We’ve kind of started it, but even at 2.5 years old, being on a farm and outdoors, N had done a lot already so it felt a bit pointless. It’s great to check for ideas though if we want to do something different. Good luck with it.

  1. oh im so envious it must have been great to wander around child free although i bet you kept thinking you’d left him somewhere. Your pictures are amazing especially the flower ones, you must have a brill camera?
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    1. It did feel a bit strange, like he was missing out. I do love my camera – it’s a Panasonic lumix micro four thirds one, but I especially love my macro 90mm lens.

  2. Oh i’m so jealous, this is on my list of places to visit and you’ve captured it beautifully. I have a “thing” for open houses and country estates, i think that’s down to me being nosey more than anything else, i just love looking seeing how the other half live! xxx
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