I had an afternoon out last week with a friend and we decided to go to Packwood House as the house for the first time had been decorated for Christmas and the new Visitor Centre and Garden Kitchen Cafe are now open.
Packwood House is Tudor but during the 1920's and 1930's the owner Graham Baron Ash extensively re-designed the house, adding rooms and converting a barn into the Great Hall.
The house had been beautifully decorated - just a few photos as I had the usual problems with low light and most were only fit to be deleted.
Here's a rather extreme example of the effects you can get when the light is that gloomy that the shutter remains open for about 5 seconds!!!!
The Carolean Garden with the famous Yew Garden in the background.
Can you spot me in my badger jumper :)
We had lunch in the new cafe - for some reason I omitted to take a photo of the outside of the actual visitor centre but I'll take one next time I visit.
I just loved this rabbit lampshade
Flower prints on the walls
The tiles around parts of the cafe were beautiful - a "tribute" I would imagine to the old delft tiles in the Ireton Bathroom in the House itself.
Sorry for the lack of posts recently - Christmas preparations have meant I have less time than usual to go out and about.
I was busy making mincemeat at the weekend - its well worth the effort and it really doesn't take that long.