Oh Mr. Darcy!

Another sunny day another trip out, to Berrington Hall! The hall was designed by Henry Holland for Thomas Harley a wealthy banker in 1778 but has since been owned by two separate families.

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Thomas Harleys’ portrait hanging in the dining room.

Arriving at the main gates to the hall we were greeted by herds and herds of sheep and lambs. Safe to say I had to drive very slowly through there whilst the sheep wandered undisturbed across the road. I actually had a small group of lambs just stand in front of my car whilst they had some kind of staring contest with my headlamps.

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The first thing we did was head for the tea room! Where I enjoyed fresh vegetable soup, rose lemonade and a healthy serving of Victoria sponge cake, YUM! The halls’ stables have been turned into a second hand book shop which had a lovely feel to it and I could have left with arms full if I hadn’t put my will power on high alert!

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DSC_0002The hall itself was stunning of course, I’ve always had a soft spot for Georgian architecture, I think the symmetry of it is very sweet on the eye. From the outside the hall looks quite stern and cold but inside is a complete contrast!

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It was all so brilliantly ornate, even the ceilings were something to be admired.

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DSC_0024There are also a collection of costumes on display at the hall including some stunning dresses worn by Anne Hathaway and Billie Piper.

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DSC_0010After all the decadence and extravagance of the main hall it was a shock to see the stark contrast of the servants quarters.

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DSC_0054We finished our trip with a walk through the grounds walled garden, it was a lovely end to a beautiful day.

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