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"This is an English Heritage property, and it is one…"
This is an English Heritage property, and it is one of our favourites. Plentiful carparking, and it's never TOO busy.
The actual house is an amazing mansion, but has no furniture inside. This is brilliant if you have kids, as they can charge about (whilst you ponce around imagining how you would fit up the library) without you constantly having to say "don't touch that", "don't sit in the chairs" etcetera. It is a beautiful 18th C house, with original wallpaper upstairs. It often has amazing art installations, including Stella McCartneys Glass Horse.
The gardens are beautiful, pushchair friendly and there is a lovely walk to the ruined Belsay Castle. Again, fantastic spot to let the kids run about. They often have "fairy" days, with teeny fairies hidden in the gardens. There is a wonderful cliff/rock type garden full of rustling ferns and green light. The cafe is pretty spot on, usual EH fair, soups, sandwiches, naice cakes etcetera. I often take baby and toddler, sit on the grass and eat an icecream. One of my favourite (and less busy) places to visit in the North East. Much recommended.Read moreLess