Earlier in the week, we drove over to Packwood House, a National Trust property in Warwickshire, to explore the timber framed Tudor manor house dating back to the 16th century.
There’s lots to see and explore with the whole family at Packwood House. Not only can you go into the wonderful country home of Graham Baron Ash House and learn all about the history of the house, the grounds are open to be roamed and they’re a delight to explore.
Packwood House is steeped in history and was once home to an aspirational gentry family for over 300 years. More recently, the house was home to the Ash family and was the house bought for the boy; Alfred Ash’s son, Graham Baron Ash. The house was restored by Graham Baron Ash during 1924 and 1932 with Jacobean style and this restoration transformed the house and gave the house an antique appearance.
The house, it’s park and gardens were given to the National Trust in memory of his parents. He requested that “no addition shall be made to the furniture…but the furniture and effects placed in position and handed over by me shall be kept in position in which I shall place them..and the National Trust shall make every effort…to give the appearance that the rooms are actually lived in.”
Whilst hubby and I found the house and it’s history fascinating, Little Mr and his cousin were kept occupied by looking out for one of nine teacups dotted around the rooms in the house.
The Gardens at Packwood are absolutely stunning. The Carolean Garden, Yew Garden and the Orchard are enchanting full of beautiful plants and flowers.
We really enjoyed exploring the Gardens and these were very popular with families having a picnic whilst sitting on the lawn and enjoying some of the wooden games left out for children to play with.
The wood at Packwood is a great place for little ones to explore nature. The boys were given a worksheet each to discover leaves and birds around the Packwood which made their visit more exciting.
There is also a welly walk for little ones to enjoy in the grounds of Packwood. More information can be found at Admissions.
The Kitchen Garden
The Kitchen Garden at Packwood House follows traditional form with contemporary touches. It’s a walled garden that helped the family to be self sufficient with fruit and vegetables. The current Kitchen Garden is manned almost entirely by volunteers and produce from the gardens is on sale in the cafe.
Refreshments at Packwood House
We sampled the refreshments on offer at the Garden Kitchen cafe and they were delicious. The boys enjoyed sandwiches, vegetables and cake whilst hubby enjoyed a hot pulled pork bap and homemade wedges. The cream tea which I sampled for research purposes (any excuse!) was really tasty. The Cafe is great to grab a cup of tea or to enjoy a relaxing lunch, they even serve breakfast and warming one pot stews.
We really enjoyed our visit to Packwood House. The Gardens and surroundings are an absolute delight to wander around in and many families enjoyed the lake walk and picnics on the lawn. A great place to visit with family of all ages.
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Disclaimer: We were given free entry into Packwood House and a voucher to spend in the Cafe but all words and images are my own.