During the May Half Term we took a little trip to explore what family fun the Midlands has to offer for some quality time together as a foursome. We visited the lovely Baddesley Clinton National Trust property on the way up, then spent a night at Chesford Grange Hotel before coming home (in the torrential rain) via Hughenden Manor. Here is part one of our adventure.
Baddesley Clinton is a 15th Century house with a gorgeous moat all around. The grounds of Baddesley were breathtaking in the summer sunshine, we had such fun just walk around enjoying each others company.
The interior of this house reflects its heyday in the Elizabethan era, when it was a haven for persecuted Catholics. Scarlett loved looking round the house and was especially intrigued by the ‘secret rooms’ where the priests hid. She was also in her element completing the ‘paintbrush hunt’, managing to find 10 of the 12 hidden paintbrushes.
Of all the National Trust properties we have visited this year I have to say that Baddesley have the most friendly staff by far. The lovely gentleman manning the ’50 things’ stall couldn’t do enough for the children. We played croquet, fed ducks, built dens and went of a great little bug hunt. Lots to tick off in the girls complementary ’50 Things’ scrapbook.
I would highly recommend a day out at Baddesley Clinton if you are visiting the Midlands, just make sure you pack a big picnic as the ducks are little scavengers.
We had such a lovely family day in the sunshine – was the perfect way to spend the bank holiday.
For more information on Baddesley Clinton or any of the National Trust properties please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk