Wentworth Woodhouse

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Last week nearly thirty of us had a fantastic day out at Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham. We had an amazing guide, full of character, who really brought the place alive, his knowledge of the history of Wentworth Woodhouse was vast.

Wentworth Woodhouse is actually two separate houses, the oldest house is from the 17th century, when the Earl of Stafford wanted something bigger he just built a whole new house in front in the 1700’s, it was later extended either side with new wings, and another Earl decided he didn’t have enough room so he added an extra floor on top of the whole house!! It now has the longest facade in Europe at 625′ which is about 11′ longer than when it was first built due to mining subsidence!

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The interior is fascinating, it is seriously huge, I can see why they have a back marker on guided tours as you could quite easily get lost! The staircase up to the marble floor is beautiful, one of those that is a pleasure to walk up!

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The marble hall is classic palladial proportions, 40′ by 40′ by 40′, a perfect cube.

The house is currently open for private tours but is also used a lot for filming by BBC, Bollywood etc.

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The house needs a huge amount of work to restore it and it is a seriously big space to find a function for too, it’s fascinating to look around now and it would be great to return as the restoration progresses.

DSC_0025After the house tour we had a tour of the gardens and parkland. We walked via the ‘punchbowl’ which used to be lit by gas as a beacon!

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It was great to have the tour outside afterwards as it helped to make sense of the different eras of the house, looking from the outside.

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After our tour we took a short coach trip, round the corner, to Wentworth Garden Centre, which is much more than just a ‘garden centre’, but the plants were gorgeous too!! I resisted with difficulty but I want to go back!

We had a lovely lunch and then mooched round  the courtyard shops before exploring the old gardens, they were beautiful, with an original bear pit, a maze planted in 2000…

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an original duck house…

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and an Italianate sunken garden.

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Altogether we had a great day out, looking forward to our next trip 🙂

 

 

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About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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3 Responses to Wentworth Woodhouse

  1. Sue says:

    Totally agree it was a brilliant day Margaret. Good weather too. It certainly made us want to go back and take one of the other tours before too long.

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  2. Val Howe says:

    Fantastic blog Margaret. Our Pilates group thoroughly enjoyed the day, well planned with the bonus of lots of sunshine

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  3. Hazel Pullan says:

    Fabulous day out. H

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