Now, I don’t know about you but I get very passionate about things and recently I have been wanting to write ALOT but unfortunately am suffering from writer’s block (ironic as I can outpour it here by writing on my blog – haha). So, anyway, I tend to think of things to do for lovely days out to keep myself busy instead and I just want to tell you all about Petworth House as it is stunning and I need to share it!
I went there earlier in the year, right when all the flowers were out and the gardens were basking in the sun, resplendent in their beauty, (ah, the writings coming back you see :-). It really is a treasure to go and see and if, like me, you are a member of the National Trust, it’s free to go in and spend all day in the house and grounds. If not, it’s well worth it – that I can tell you!
The house contains the largest collection of paintings in the National Trust‘s many houses, including an original of Anne Boleyn. So, if paintings are your thing, you can spend literally hours in the house, gazing at the portaits and landsapes including some by Gainsborough, and reading about the paintings.
However, as much as I like paintings and history I can only look at so many before I find myself not bored but lacking interest. So, that’s when Petworth can offer you either the servants quarters to look through, a beautiful little Cafe, a second hand unmanned bookstore in the middle of the corridor, or, even better, rural grounds landscaped by Capability Brown himself.
They even have a ‘ha-ha‘ which is a ditch around the formal grounds separating them from the rural outlook of Petworth House and the idea of this was to make sure the deer and wildlife couldn’t come into the formal gardens but the ditch was hidden so to the unsuspecting eye it gave a look of unbroken landscape running on one from the other – INGENIUS!
So if your bored, go and get cultured and visit Petworth House in West Sussex!
Until next time,
p.s. They also have a whole entire herd of deer running around free in the grounds!