Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Halcyon Times at Hatfield House

My friend Charlotte and I escaped the craziness of the city for the tranquility of Hertfordshire at the beautiful house and grounds of Hatfield House. Hatfield House is the home of the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury and their family. £19 well spent for a full day of culture, calm and creativity. We explored the gorgeous house and quizzed the guides in every room about the interiors and stories of times gone by.

Then onto the cultivated gardens that are designed and managed by Lady Salisbury herself. After a tasty home-made picnic of delectable treats we embarked on one of the recommended woodland walks around the grounds. After our meandering stroll we chilled out for a second picnic of the day and a spot of watercolour painting.

We took full advantage of the 11 - 5 opening times and made our way to the train station just 2 minutes walk from the entrance gates at about 5pm.

Insiders tip: If you sign the back of your ticket and ask the staff to stamp it with the HatfieldHouse stamp you can use it as a season pass to enter the gardens and grounds for the rest of the summer season for free! Charlotte and I have already pencilled in another day trip next month!





Elizabeths holds a rainbow with the inscription “Non sine sole iris”, “No rainbow without the sun”, reminding viewers only the Queen’s wisdom can ensure peace and prosperity.













11 comments:

  1. That looks and sounds love vely! I'm glad you had such a fun day, thanks for taking us with you and showing the location, it looks lovely!

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    1. Yes Kat. It was the loveliest day!

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  2. It looks as though you had a great day out and you have some lovely photos and paintings as a reminder of the day.

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    1. It was such a fab day. I want to go back soon!

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  3. It looks like you had such a lovely day! And the painting is so pretty :).

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    1. Thanks Teodora I really enjoyed the day and especially the painting.

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  4. I love all those kettles! Your painting is lovely, such a nice way to preserve memories of a day out

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    1. Thanks Anna. The kitchens were amazing in the house - so many pretty copper pots and pans!

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  5. Those copper kettles - wow, how fab are they?!
    Sounds like a brilliant day out and the chance to paint seems like a added bonus.

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  6. It looks like a really inspiring place, and from the sounds of it, a lovely relaxing day! x

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  7. Great pictures. Sigh, I used to outdoor paint but it has been replaced with more indoor activities since having the children. I have a nice copper kettle downstairs, which you have reminded me to clean!! Love your painting. Jo x

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