Friday, 25 May 2012

Hardwick Hall - why have I never been here before?


Ok, on Saturday my husband and I had planned a little adventure! We packed sarnies, cake (ginger, cooked the night before), donned walking boots, packed the map, planning on heading out to Castleton for a big hill walk. As we headed up the motorway, the rain got heavier and the temperature dropped to 7.5C, and I didn't fancy walking up a big hill....

So we cut the jourrney short, decided to do the big hill on Sunday, and took junction 29 exit and decided to go and visit Hardwick Hall. Now I have lived down here since '93, and I don't know why but I have never been to this National Trust treasure before. I have worked literally down the road for ten years, and still I have never passed through the gates. What have I been thinking?


So you can imagine my pleasant surprise today when I discovered the place for the first time. I thought it was a small country house, but in fact, it is HUGE. There are loads of woodland walks, lakes, fields to explore, as well as stable-blocks, gardens, and two houses.



The gardens were a true inspiration for me, but I also found some of the tapestries inside the main house to be beautiful, and even contemporary in their design. I'll be sharing some of my new-found inspiration with you when I next delve into my sketchbooks.

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Moral of the story here - sometimes you ignore the things on your own doorstep, but if you take the time to look, there are some really amazing surprises and inspiration to be found....

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