Friday, 29 August 2014

Wentworth Castle, Stainborough

The recent Bank Holiday here in the UK was very hit and miss with the weather, but overall, we didn't too badly for getting out and about.  On Saturday, we had a lovely trip to Southwell in Nottinghamshire - but I forgot my camera!!!!!  Don't worry - I shall go back!
On Sunday, hubby and I visited Wentworth Castle - which is in Stainborough (not Wentworth).  Only the gardens are open to the public as the house is used as a college.

 The views from the gardens are fabulous all way around.  It's hard to believe tat you are looking out over a previously very industrial landscape.  Barnsley's mining industry is no more and Mother Nature has taken back these spaces.
 Our main reason for visiting was the recent opening of the newly renovated conservatory.  The last time we visited this was in a terrible state, but they have painstakingly stripped away 39 layers of paint, disassembled, then reassembled the structure and the result is quite stunning.
 The planting needs to get going a bit as it all is very new, but it will be great to watch how it all fills out.
 They were having a mystery for the children to solve in here and also in the gardens.

 This statue had a very interesting story.....
 I hope that you can read it.

 We walked up through Lady Lucy's Lime Tree Walk.

 We found the deer.  Although I think they disguised themselves very well.

 I think they make a very pretty picture.

 We walked all around the extensive parkland calling in to look at the newly restored follies.

 We had a great walk around this very special place.


Amy at love made my home said...

What a beautiful conservatory! xx

Gilly said...

Stunning Photographs, as usual! That Conservatory is quite something! I love the way the roof is done. I bet the House used to have an army of gardeners to keep all that long productive, neat and tidy!

Lyn said...

We will have to go back and see the conservatory, it was surrounded by scaffolding last time we went. Lovely photos Diane. Xxx

Rosie said...

The conservatory is wonderful! Lovely photos, Diane:)

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elsy said...

just caught up on your holiday st malo and that area but never been to the island.....gorgeous photos and very inspiring post but where did the summer go!!!

A garden just outside Venice said...

Please give us back your blogger badge!!! How could you forget your camera?! LOL!
Stunning pictures!

Curtise said...

That conservatory is beautiful. Well, the house and gardens are too, of course. I've never even heard of Wentworth Castle, it looks like a lovely place to visit, and of course your photos are wonderful. Interesting history about the statue too. xxx