National Trust – Dunham Massey

The National Trust group returned to Cheshire for their September visit to one of the largest estates in the National Trust portfolio. Travelling through the Peak District we arrived safely at 10.45am. The weather forecast was for rain later in the day so many members visited the outdoor attractions first and left the tour of the House and other indoor activities for later in the day.

There were regular tours of the gardens, the mill and the estate led by very enthusiastic and well informed guides.

The estate itself was vast and had some lovely walks and grounds which were home to over one hundred and fifty deer.

The weather forecast proved to be correct with the rain arriving later in the day. This proved the ideal time to visit the cafe or restaurant for lunch and then on to Dunham Massey house itself.

Spread over three floors and staffed by lots of volunteers we learnt a lot about the many rooms on show. Originally a seventeenth century family home the National Trust acquired the house as recently as 1976.

As usual we left at 4.00pm for home and arrived back in Hucknall for 6.00pm.

Next month’s visit to Charlecote Park in Warwickshire is already full.                                                                         


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