Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Packwood House

Firstly I have to add this cottage...it looked so sweet across the fields.

PACKWOOD HOUSE (click link)

At this time of year, this particular National Trust property
is open during the week, but by guided tour.
That's okay, it is nice to actually have someone explain the
various rooms of the house as we walked around

...and even National Trust properties have to do work at some time.  The end of the season like it is now is an ideal opportunity with not so many visitors about

I don't know if you can work out the time on this sundial.  
The shadow shows it as half past one,
when I checked my watch it was correct
- they must have moved the numbers around to 
allow for the clocks going back recently! 

QUEEN MARY visited Packwood House and actually sat on this chair.
(Hopefully the pinecone wasn't there at the time)!!!

The guide told us that Queen Mary took a liking to china and as was her privilege/status (call it want you like) she 'took a fancy to this china cup she was using and so it was given to her as a gift'
(and this is the Actual cup she used)
so how is it here....
The owners of the house at the time pulled a fast one on her,
and 'swapped' the cups, giving her another one from the set,
so they got to keep the one she had actually used.

This next photo is of a gallery area, difficult to tell from the angle though

When you lived in an age of no central heating, you made the most of large fireplaces

and many of the windows were ornate

right down to the catches, very unusual

this is the long hall

with a long table to fit it

Yes, Packwood House is well worth a visit.


CJ Kennedy said...

Beautiful old things. Wonderful that properties like this are preserved. Loved the tea cup switcheroo story. And Queen Mary would be the grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II?

Eileen said...

When I saw your first photos I thought straight away that I'd love to live in a house like that!
Packwood House is fabulous. I'm too stupid to read the sundial so I'm afraid I can't see how it says 1.30 at all, well done you :)

Marie Smith said...

Such a grand old house, Ann. You can almost hear the footsteps of the centuries as you view the photos. Thank you for sharing.

ann @ studiohyde said...

I thought the teacup story was good too, when the guide told the group of visitors about it, there was a snigger around the room, lol. (snigger = chuckle/laugh). As for the present Queen's grandmother, yes I think it was Queen Mary, although they have been increasingly disfunctional it's difficult to remember :))

ann @ studiohyde said...

I know, it looked the Perfect house, ahhhhh we can but dream aye. As for the clock, I think it was easier for me standing in front of it, the Line/Shadow showed up much better than the photo. ;)

ann @ studiohyde said...

The house had a nice feel about it, homey. Nice on the outside and on the inside too :)

Joan Tavolott said...

Looks like a lovely place!!!

robin cox walsh said...

Thanks for the guided tour! I enjoyed it very much! (Your 'tip' is in the mail, lol!)

Judy said...

What a beautiful house! I love the teacup story! ;)

ann @ studiohyde said...

It is :)

ann @ studiohyde said...

Cheers ;)

ann @ studiohyde said...

It was worth going on the tour to hear that story :)

rusty duck said...

Definitely worth a visit. I love houses of that era. So much character.

ann @ studiohyde said...

It was a really good visit, as interesting on the inside as on the outside. I'm glad I took all those pics 📷

Sadami said...

Wow, gorgeous photos that impressed me so much. Thank you for sharing them, Ann! Best wishes, Sadami

ann @ studiohyde said...

Glad you enjoyed this post Sadami. I feel that if people can't get here to see these properties, I can at least take you all there with the photos 🙂

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