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A visit to Brodsworth Hall and Gardens.

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It was a lovely day on Saturday and we had had enough of working on the patio and decided to pop over to Brodsworth Hall for the afternoon. It was the first time I had been there and it was such a nice place, I was so glad we went. The house is a Victorian country house and has been preserved just as it was when the Grant-Dalton family heir Pamela Williams gave the house and gardens to English Heritage in 1990. It was opened to the public in 1995.


I was fascinated by all the statuary and this one in the entrance hall was my favourite..

This is the view of the garden from one of the upstairs bedrooms..

After we had sauntered around the lovely house we went out to explore the gardens.


If you are ever in the Doncaster area it’s well worth dropping in here. There are no ‘no go’ areas and people were just sitting on the grass between the flower beds. Children could hide in amongst the topiary. There is a very nice childrens play park there too. There’s a nice cafe’ that serves breakfasts, lunches and teas. I chose the really nice Coronation Chicken with a baked potato and T enjoyed a cheese and onion pasty with a salad for our lunch. We were too stuffed to eat the fresh cream cakes so we brought them home with us for tea….

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Beautiful place, shame its so far away for me, but if I am ever in the vicinity I will give it a whirl. Love those tall grasses

11 Aug, 2014

 

What a beautiful place! I like the sound of a lack of "no-go" areas. I often think - especially when I'm watching "Bargain Hunt" - that the country is just full of the most amazing houses and gardens. And I've seen hardly any of them except on television. (I must get out more!) Seriously, though, one would have to make it a real quest to see even a portion of what is around.

11 Aug, 2014

bjs
Bjs
 

Very nice garden something for everybody is it privately owned, it looks very well cared for.thanks for posting.
B

12 Aug, 2014

 

I'm sure I have visited this place,many years ago,H.bird..on a works outing..it looks so familiar,but I could be getting mixed up with Hardwick Hall ? How lovely it all looks..glad you had a lovely day there..

12 Aug, 2014

 

What a super place HB, it looks great. The gardens look a fantastic mix of formal and informal. So glad you had a good day and the weather was kind.
Judging by a comment you made, I'm thinking you don't live a million miles away from West Yorkshire, do PM if you're ever this way, it would be lovely to meet up :)

12 Aug, 2014

 

Its not far from me and I have never been, beautiful gardens, what a lovely well kept place. I love their arches and that summer house, want one now. lol. How lovely to see Crochet being played on the grass too, makes a change from bowls. :O) I must get out more too, not always that easy when we have all got gardens of our own to tend I suppose. Lovely lovely pictures enjoyed so much thanks Homebird :O)

12 Aug, 2014

 

Oliveoil, do you think the three of us could perhaps manage to meet sometime??? Not sure exactly where you live but, if as you say your not far I just thought....

12 Aug, 2014

 

Hi Sheila, this is my other garden !!!!!! I wish, :-) Derek.

12 Aug, 2014

 

Waddy I am in Lincolnshire - not sure how far away it is but Doncaster is about 18 miles or so from us. Have no idea whereabouts it is in relation to Doncaster but will google it and see if I can see how far it is to get to it. Will get back to you on meeting up, maybe next year, springtime would be a good plan if we can find a day that fits in with everyone. My daughter will have got the baby and we can push a little one around those lovely gardens. lol :O)

12 Aug, 2014

 

Waddy Just had the map out its only about 40 minutes away from me so that is very doable. I even know that road as that is the road I take off the A1 when I go up to see my daughter and the special needs kids in their school at Barnsley for the Christmas Shows.

12 Aug, 2014

 

That would be so great to meet up Oliveoil and Waddy. We are about 50 minutes away from Brodsworth. I like the idea of walking around with the baby too Oliveoil. :o))

12 Aug, 2014

 

Thank you Cinders, Melchi, Bjs and Bloomer. The Hall and gardens were given to English Heritage in 1990 and opened to the public in 1995. The gardens are quite small in comparison to some estates but they are laid out so well with something different to see around each corner they feel so extensive and encourage you to walk on to see what is around the next corner. I loved the look of the summer house which is at the end of a very long straight grassed area. It was called the 'Target House' as the ladies of the house practiced archery and kept their equipment in it. I could just imagine an archery target at the very end. If you are members of English Heritage admission is free.

12 Aug, 2014

 

Derek, thankyou so much for allowing us to ramble around your country pad. Pity you weren't in residence at the time. ;o)) Wouldn't it be grand to be able to landscape and plant like this.

12 Aug, 2014

 

Imagine living in a house that size! I wonder how they managed to heat it all, and how many gardeners it too to keep the grounds so lovely. You don't often see croquet lawns do you - and fancy wearing whites to play - there's posh for you!

12 Aug, 2014

 

You're quite welcome Sheila, it certainly would ,be very nice, Derek

12 Aug, 2014

 

Lol Stera. I wouldn't like to be rattling around in such a large house. I would want it full of family and friends all the time. A bit like here actually but with just the one gardener and the one cook, cleaner and bottle washer...me. lol

12 Aug, 2014

 

That does look a great day out and one that my daughter and I haven't visited yet so thats another on our list, we belong to EH and NT so its always good to know of another place thats within a reasonable distance.
Thanks for sharing your visit Homebird, added to my favs...

12 Aug, 2014

 

Oliveoil and Homebird,
Oh, wouldn't it be great for us to meet up next Spring,with a baby as well. We must do it. :)

13 Aug, 2014

 

yes it would Waddy, I will put it on my Calendar for a visit sometime when the bulbs are out. :O)

13 Aug, 2014

 

:) :)

13 Aug, 2014

 

Great....:o)
I hope you manage to fit in a visit here Lincs. We came out of the NT this year as there weren't as many places to visit as there were in the EH.

13 Aug, 2014

 

Lol Homebird - thank goodness for labour saving appliances!

13 Aug, 2014

 

That was a lovely day out for you :o)

13 Aug, 2014

 

Thank goodness we aren't still using the copper boilers, blue bags, wash tubs, dolly legs, ponch , rubbing boards and soap bars. :o) not actually ever had to use them by the way, I'm not quite that old. !!

13 Aug, 2014

 

It was Hywel. We shall go again before the winter. It was a bit disappointing to hear at lunchtime today that the warm weather has gone until at least the end of the month.

13 Aug, 2014

 

Personally I'm glad it's gone. It was too hot for me and I was starting to feel unwell in it ...
If it decides to come back, I hope it will be a more bearable heat than of late :o)

13 Aug, 2014

 

Never used them Homebird, but they were used in our house when I was very small. Washday was a complete misery especially in winter when there was no coal for fires and wet clothes were put round a "fire" of smouldering damp newspaper to "dry". I can remember creeping inside the clothes horse onto the hearth to try to get warm and being told briskly to "get something to do", but what can you do when you're only three or four, everywhere wet and steamy and nobody with any time to spare to make suggestions?

14 Aug, 2014

 

Not a place I have heard of, but well worth a visit by the look of your photographs HB, very well maintained,so many hedges to cut!! must take them weeks!

14 Aug, 2014

 

Oh forgot about Brodsworth Hall thanks for reminding me Homebird quite a few years since I've been there,remember taking the mother in law once for her birthday, we didn't have a really good look round the garden as she was so enjoying looking inside the hall :-), always said we'd go back another day but never have that'll have to be rectified !!.Thanks for the tour really enjoyed it :-)

14 Aug, 2014

 

Aw...Steragram, it sounded miserable. My dad worked at the pit so we had plenty of coal thankfully. My bedroom was over the coal house and outhouse though and was b]**}# freezing in winter. My mother used to put the hot oven shelves wrapped in brown paper into my bed to warm it up for me. A quick hop skip and jump across the freezing Lino and into bed.... :o)
Dd, we wondered how long it took the gardeners to get all the topiary trimmed and the hedges cut so nicely.
Simbad, I loved all the topiary and the really pretty flower borders.
They are commemorating the great world war and in two very large flower beds they had picked out the years 1914 and 1918.
We are on the coast near Cromer today and it's wild enough to blow you away......

18 Aug, 2014

 

Oh yes Homebird, those unheated bedrooms - my glass of water used to freeze on the dressing table. I used to lean out of bed, collect my "liberty bodice" and jumper, and get dressed under the covers. Shower? What's that?

18 Aug, 2014

 

My bedroom is still like that in Winter Stera. lol :O) North facing and we do not have central heating. lol :O) tough as old boots we are :O) lol we do have a convector heater which takes off the chill though, not that tough. :O)

18 Aug, 2014

 

Gosh - liberty bodices! I'd forgotten about those! I also remember having a little waistcoat that my great aunt made for me out of chamois leather. (Can that really be right?!) and - of course - two pairs of knickers for school, navy blue ones with a handkerchief pocket (!) and white "linings" .

19 Aug, 2014

 

Vests and liberty bodices, oh! Yes. The old doctor told my mum, when he came to verify I had the chicken pox, that 'there's no wonder ....where's her vest.....' !!!
I bet the chamois waistcoat was super warm and soft Melchi. We had the obligatory navy knickers but weren't posh enough to have hanky pockets....lol.
Gosh Oliveoil. I loved the frost patterns on the inside of my bedroom window. I remember the council putting a new window in my bedroom one day and waking up next morning to find it had fallen out during the night and was laying in the garden!!! I'm so used to the heating now I have become very nesh. Thinking back, we hardly ever caught colds though and still don't.
lol Steragram....snap.

26 Aug, 2014

 

I remember that my parents first had central heating installed while I was at college. I'd got used to it in halls by then, though. I remember the frost patterns, and breathing on them to make a hole! I haven't seen any anywhere for many years.

26 Aug, 2014

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