Going somewhere nice when we are back in Cambridgeshire is a long standing tradition. This time Charlie’s parents took us to Wimpole Estate, a beautiful mansion with impressive grounds and gardens in Hertfordshire. I think this house is my favourite so far.
Exploring the mansion
Inside the house was bright and airy compared to most other grand houses I’ve been to. The Georgian interior decor seemed very light and not too overwhelming with lots of pleasant details around the house.
I don’t usually spend too much time inside manor houses but it was something about this house that made me wonder through the rooms for a very long time.
Maybe it’s the series of Downton Abbey I’ve been diligently watching that inspired me to be more observant. But it must have been all the little details in the house that captured my attention.
Enjoying the beautiful grounds of the estate
We were lucky with the weather, it was perfect to explore the grounds of the estate. As soon as we walked out of the house, we appeared in the beautiful Parterre garden. Carefully manicured hedge zigzags landed a very French feel to the place.
The Trust recommends heading to the gardens in the spring time to witness a rainbow of 12,000 plants. I’d absolutely love to come back to this place some time in spring.
Continuing through the grounds, I felt like I was in some sort of wonderland. The yellow flowers were in full bloom, creating a mystical atmosphere everywhere I turned.
Once I got out of the yellow wilderness, I walked through the gate into the Walled garden. Not only is it pleasing to the eye, but it also sustains the estate’s restaurant with the vegetables and the hall with the flowers.
The Gothic folly, gorgeous parkland, fluffy sheep and cattle.
We spent all day on the estate. After a sneak peak into the rooms, a lazy walk around and a hearty lunch, Charlie and I took off to investigate the Gothic folly.
Located across the field from the hall, the tower was a fair walk away, but I really enjoyed trotting amongst the fluffy sheep and cattle. The parkland is simply gorgeous, inhabited by beautiful wildlife, including lime trees as old as 300 years!
So just to be clear, this is not actually ruins of some ancient Gothic castle as I thought to start with. It’s designed that way. Apparently, back in the day, the well-off owners of the grand estates would order architects to build a ruin-like folly purely to show off their wealth.
So glad we went to see this place. What can I say, another wonderful day out in the English countryside.