Tuesday, 10 August 2010

A National Trust excursion

More wonderful sunshine, and a trip up to north Norfolk for two National Trust properties, Felbrigg Hall and Blickling Hall. But first a drive into Cromer to see if there was a parking space near the beach for a short walk along the sands. However, it being sunny and the holidays the place was heaving and not a space to be found, so it was a drive around the centre and back to Felbrigg.

Felbrigg Hall is perfectly formed from red brick and decorative render. The interior not only has good furniture but also interesting glass and superb plaster ceilings.

The Tea Room has a pleasant courtyard, though the wasps made the break for a hot drink a bit energetic, and the Walled Garden is also worth looking at - though there is a separate charge for entry. With a National Trust membership you are waved through with a smile.

Blickling Hall is altogether on a grander scale. A massive imposing entrance leads you into the numerous richly-furnished rooms and then down the back stairs to the servant quarters and a display of domestic equipment along with voice recordings of those who actually worked there.

Once again there is a Walled Garden, but this was not visited on this occasion.

Two quite different Stately Homes, and whilst Blickling is imposing in its grandeur I quite liked Felbrigg for its homely atmosphere. Its Library is superb, and I even found a book (for £2.50) in the second-hand bookshop afterwards.

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