Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Visit To Shugborough

Looking for somewhere to make use of our National Trust membership we headed for the Shugborough Estate. It was still very cold in the wind but it was dry. The satellite navigation took us to the estate entrance near the village of  Milton. We'd walked on the footpath through the estate many times when visiting by boat but this would be the first time we'd actually visited the estate itself. We parked in the car park and had our cards scanned at the entrance where we were able to get timed tickets to see Patrick Lichfield's apartment. We enjoyed looking at  photos of famous people on the walls including the Royals, Mick Jagger and Lulu but were not allowed to take any photographs ourselves.

We passed the pigsty with the new piglets peeping out when they heard us called 'piggies'. They must associate voices with being fed,

The exterior of the stables was impressive and I enjoyed looking around the servants quarters. A huge range was a feature of the kitchen and it was a very light and airy as they weren't in a basement below the house as they often are.

The house itself was interesting telling of the history house and the exciting if dangerous life of one of the brother's who travelled the oceans and became an admiral bringing back treasures from far afield. It was well worth a visit  and the staff were knowledgeable too. The rear of the house backs onto gardens and the slow moving River Soar  but it's the wrong time of year to really appreciate the gardens. 

Coffee and cake in the café to warm us up before we walked back to the car park, a twenty minute walk from the house itself. Lots of follies in the grounds but it was too cold to go walking in the grounds. An hour or so later back onboard our boat after a very nice day out. Shugborough featured on the Midlands news the day after we visited.

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