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Dyrham Park

On the First day of the Jubilee Bank holiday weekend, my eldest son and I took the little ones for a picnic to the rather grand Dyrham Park.

It’s a long walk down a big hill from carpark to house, which is even longer on the way back or so it seems.

The single storey building to the left is an Orangery. The house dates back to the 17 th century and was built for one William Blathwayt, c 1649-1717. He inherited the estate from his father in law and he immediately set about rebuilding the house decorating it in the Dutch style favoured by King William of Orange and his wife Queen Mary. The main part of the house is to the right, replacing the older Tudor Manor.

At the back of the house is the stable block. The old formal gardens have mostly disappeared, but it meant we could eat our sandwiches here.
This is the village church, which you can spot in the First photo too. Nice and convenient for the big house residents.
This appears to be the back of the house, stables to the right, church to the left, but is actually the grand entrance, carriages would have drawn up so that people entered by the staircase here
Part of what remains of the formal gardens.
The Dairy.

The house when it was acquired by the National Trust was in a pretty terrible state. The roof had to be redone completely with work finished in 2015. The interior is now nearing the end of its refurbishment, and is mostly not open to the public yet. Three rooms downstairs have been used to create a bedroom and sitting room using furniture that had been brought in specially for a much anticipated but never realised visit by Queen Anne en route to Bath. I expect that’s when she stopped at Avebury instead. Can’t help wondering if the Royal party got lost, or maybe that all houses at that time were put on a state of readiness for Queen Anne’s jolly. You’d be pretty miffed if you went to the upheaval and expense and got no eminent personage. Which is a very long way of my saying, no photos of these rooms as they are kept in near gloom to save the furnishings from sun damage.

Re imagined kitchen.

On the plus side, there were lots of lawn games to play with, space for children to roar around in, nice tearoom, plants and second hand books for sale. Sadly the deer herd for which this Park was famous have all had to be culled as they had an exceedingly bad outbreak of bovine tuberculosis . Once it us safe to do so the deer will be reintroduced to the grounds.

We had a smashing day out, and I’ll return, maybe annually to see the property return to glory.

Comments on: "Dyrham Park" (17)

  1. What a great place to take children. Lovely weather too.

  2. I do love that rich, lavish background of mature trees behind the church. You just don’t see them like that here, the foliage is much thinner and a different green.

  3. Sounds like a great place to take the grands!

    • It was a super place for them, especially the provision of the games. I expect it stopped children from damaging the garden too.

  4. Going Batty in Wales said:

    I grew up very near Heaton Park in Manchester and was always intrigued by the orangery there. It was owned by the City not the NT but the park was a wonmderful place to explore when I was allowed to go there on my own. I wonder if the interior has been furnished and a tea room installed there too?

    • Just googled Heaton Park. Four cafes! And it seems they have historical events when you can go in. Mr E and I lived in Stockport for a year, we would go by bus to Lyme Park which we really enjoyed.

  5. claire93 said:

    thanks for sharing another day out with us ^^ As a child, my parents used to take us out to visit NT houses and gardens most weekends during the fine weather. We lived in the SE so Hamptom Court, Hever Castle, Penshurt Place are places I remember visiting.

  6. Sounds like a good place to go with family with all the space and lawn games. Sorry to hear about the deer though. 😦

  7. You do seem to be getting plenty of outings. The house looks huge. It is hard to imagine a time when people lived like that.

  8. ThingsHelenLoves said:

    Lovely pictures of a lovely place. I love these big old houses, left over from a way of life that is long gone. Shame about the deer herd though, hopefully they’ll manage a successful reintroduction.

    • They certainly plan too when there’s a Good opportunity. I love these houses too, and am really enjoying finding them in my new area.

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