Yesterday we revisited Charlecote Park. The tourist season is winding down as the end of summer and the beginning of winter approaches, and a lot of the National Trust properties are only open on the weekends now. Charlecote Park is located just outside of Stratford-on-Avon and it isn’t far from us, so we decided to visit again.
Here I am just outside the entrance of Charlecote Park. They were having a pumpkin sale, it really set the tone for autumn! They had every kind of gourd and pumpkin you could imagine. Even pumpkins called “Cinderella Pumpkins” (I should have bought one) :)
The road leading up to Charlecote is quite a long walk, but transportation is provided for you if you need it and can’t walk that far. It isn’t that long, but for people with walking difficulties, they have vehicles to take you to the manor house.
Getting ready to enter the gatehouse, then to the courtyard in front of Charlecote Manor.
(Remember, in England, always bring your umbrella!)
Keri (on the left) walking toward the Gatehouse, wearing his Eskimo Joe’s Hoodie I bought him from Oklahoma :)
(I also had my Eskimo Joe’s t-shirt on under my coat, I should have sent them a photo for their Wall of Fame!) :)
Back of Charlecote Manor
The National Trust has a program at each of their properties, for the children. They hide critters around in each room so the little kids can find them (and not be bored). Its a great idea! Charlecote Park calls it CRITTERS ON TOUR.
This week, there were fluffly little owls hiding in each room. (This all has significance, I will reveal further down in my post)
I follow Charlecote Park on Facebook. Last week, they posted about one of their little fluffy owls had fallen out of the nest.
So, in keeping with the theme, Charlecote workers have hidden the fluffy little owls around for the children to find (but adults find it fun too). :)
Check out this dining table!
This Buffet took FIVE YEARS to carve! The artist included the jacobean sheep at the park, and also included carvings of three dog heads which were his own beloved dogs. It boggles the mind thinking of all the planning gone into this piece (and I fret over having to paint a little 6×6″ painting!) Some of this wood came from Warwick Castle
The Library at Charlecote Park is not very big at all. BUT it is one of the most important libraries owned by the National Trust.
I would love to have a chair like this to relax and just read!
Each vase that is sitting on the top shelves in the Charlecote library are dated back to 4 B.C.
Billiard Room at Charlecote
Queen Elizabeth I visited and stayed in what is now the Drawing Room.
The Drawing Room is my favorite room in Charlecote
Victorian Kitchen at Charlecote
It’s amazing how the deer there just graze whilst people are walking around. They don’t let people very near them, but they don’t run when people walk by. I guess they believe this is THEIR territory, which it IS.
Charlecote used to be the home of the LUCY family, built by Sir Thomas Lucy. There is an original letter to Sir Thomas Lucy from Oliver Cromwell.
There’s a tale about William Shakespeare as a boy, poached one of the deer at Charlecote.
I hope you have enjoyed this little tour of Charlecote Park. I have more photos, but I would be here another five hours posting them (HA!)
Thank you so much for visiting and joining me at National Trust Charlecote Park!
- Mary Lucy’s Marriage and Courtship (cherylsregencyramblings.wordpress.com)