The National Trust describe it thus:
Hatchlands Park was built in the 1750s for Admiral Boscawen, hero of the Battle of Louisburg. Robert Adam ceilings decorate the house, featuring appropriately nautical motifs. Today the mansion is a family home, containing tenant Alec Cobbe's superb collection of paintings. Six rooms also display the Cobbe Collection, Europe's largest collection of keyboard instruments associated with famous composers such as J. C. Bach, Chopin and Elgar. The mansion is set in informal grounds, with one small parterre garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll. The surrounding parkland provides a number of waymarked walks in a tranquil and beautiful setting.The house (which I haven't seen the inside of before) and small garden weren't open until 2.00 pm so we decided to arrive in time to walk around the park itself (takes about 1.5 hours) and have a bite to eat then "do" the house.
This we did! The sun was shining and warm; the air fresh and cool - perfect weather for me!
The walk around the outer perimeter of the park itself is lovely. Very quiet (in terms of humans) but birdsong all along the route. We hardly met anyone during the time we walked.
The house itself is not large or particularly grand but "homely". The gardens are small but with a huge park around your home, who needs a large garden?
This seemed to be growing wild nearly every where.. I think it's a wisteria - but if anyone can confirm or otherwise, I would be pleased to know what it is!
And now time for something to eat..
Given the weather we sat out side which was great. Asparagus Soup and chunky bread and I had Brie and Mango chutney Panini with salad - and Elderberry to drink.. very refreshing
After eating we went on a tour of the house. Mostly paintings and musical instruments but not one of the best houses in terms of decor. No photography was allowed anywhere in the house given that it was tenanted and housed private collections.
We'd been there for most of the day but were reluctant to end it there.. so we headed off for Claremont Gardens on the way home for a cuppa and piece of cake - Banana and Date with a sticky toffee topping - absolutely wicked but really yummy!! :D
Wonderful weather, lovely walk and good company - thank you IHD. :)