Weekend Wander #30 The Joy of The National Trust

National Trust Roses

The National Trust is one of those organisations which can probably quite justifiably be classified as a national treasure.  The NT has been a part of my life for a number of years after we were given a one year member ship as a gift which we very soon realised we needed to continue.  I confess to falling by the wayside for a couple of years when life got busy with other activities.  However,  I’m pleased to report, last year we saw the light and rejoined.  We are so pleased we did.  Our couple of years on the outside looking in helped us realise what we were missing, and not just the reliable pots of tea and scones served in the National Trust cafes.  There is so much to love about the National Trust.

The range of historic properties and places of national beauty owned and protected by the National Trust is vast and varied.  From huge stately homes to tiny follies, from beautiful gardens to wild woodlands, there really is something for everyone.  Each place is lovingly tended and cared for by paid staff and volunteers.

National Trust

National Trust

One of the (many) joys of membership is the ability to ‘pop in’ for an hour or two without having to make a full day of it.  Over the years we have used the National Trust in so many ways.  Choosing to veer off a motorway and stop at a National Trust property for a breather on a long drive is always a good decision

Christmas at the National Trust is always lots of fun, as some of the properties are decorated for Christmas.  We managed to visit two this year which were suitably and traditionally festive.  Osterley House and park which is local and the grand Erddig in Wales, both fine examples of country homes.

A favourite, because its not too far away and we have probably visited more than any other is Polesden Lacey.  A home which his neither too large or too grand that it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine yourself wandering through it’s well appointed rooms before slipping on a bonnet and taking a gentle meander through the gardens.

Polesdon Lacey

Some of our favourite days our with friends, family or just the two of us, involve a meander around a National Trust house, and a wander around the gardens.  For a few years we went to Cornwall each year.  No trip was complete without a trip to Trengwainton Gardens.  The flowers, the walled gardens, the woodlands always beautiful and always inspiring.  In fact inspiring  is a word I think absolutely sums up the National Trust.  I always come away feeling I have learnt something, and seen something beautiful or interesting or quirky.

I can’t mention the National trust without mentioning either the toilets or the shop.  Who doesn’t want a clean, sweet smelling loo on which to momentarily rest their derriere.  National Trust loos are a pleasure, which is not something which can often be said about public conveniences!  The National Trust Shop is a necessary part of an NT visit.  Full of books and fripperies, biscuits and fudge, and cards.  Always worth popping into if you are gift hunting.

Lastly a number or properties now have their own second hand book shops.  So not only can you see beautiful buildings, learn interesting things from knowledgeable volunteers, eat tea and cake, enjoy fabulous gardens, buy pretty things and use a sweetly smelling clean loo, you can also buy books.  I can’t honestly think of a thing not to like about the National Trust.

National Trust Bookshop

I am really looking forward to my national Trust Visit of 2018 this weekend.  I haven’t quite decided where it will be yet but I know wherever it is, I won’t be disappointed.

Which NT properties are your favourite or where would  you recommend I visit this year?

image of polesden lacey taken from surrey edit 

17 Comments

  1. Karen
    January 26, 2018 / 7:32 am

    Off to local Ickworth this weekend – a special place for us. Have a lovely time, wherever you go. Looking forward to sharing more places with you this year xx

    • angiev@blueyonder.co.uk
      January 27, 2018 / 6:16 pm

      Oh yes, special indeed :0) Looking forward to not more ‘Trusting’ with you too xxx

  2. Trevor and Carolyn
    January 26, 2018 / 10:22 am

    We are very fortunate to live in Norfolk where there are a plethora of N.T. properties to visit. A very detailed and interesting item.
    Keep up the good work National Trust.

    • angiev@blueyonder.co.uk
      January 27, 2018 / 6:17 pm

      Yes, we need to visit some of the NT places in Norfolk, lets make a date for next time we are back xx

  3. January 27, 2018 / 6:54 am

    Throughout my little time as a travel blogger I feel as though I’ve learned so much about the National Trusts, and absolutely love this about your country. I wish we had the same, for I love going out and exploring nature. I learned some new facts here too – such as the toilets (ha!) and the books. All very cool. Love this post – thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

    • angiev@blueyonder.co.uk
      January 27, 2018 / 6:17 pm

      We are so fortunate to have the National Trust. So many great days out just on our doorstep.

  4. January 28, 2018 / 10:21 am

    If I was to live in UK, I would definitely sign up for National Trust membership. I have read so many blog posts on the joys of exploring National Trust sites and gardens, and they are incredibly beautiful. Glad to learn that you have decided to continue with your membership 🙂 #FarawayFiles.

    • January 29, 2018 / 10:42 am

      Love the National Trust too – We live near Lacock Abbey, a great spot to visit. I’m looking forward to finally exploring Dyrham Park properly this year too!

      #farawayfiles

      • angiev@blueyonder.co.uk
        January 29, 2018 / 6:10 pm

        Oh yes, I love Lackock Abbey, I’ve visited a couple of times.

  5. Vicky
    January 29, 2018 / 12:16 pm

    If you’re near York then I recommend Goddards House and Garden. It was the family home of the Terry family (as in chocolate oranges) and it has a real family feel to it. I could imagine living there, if I had a few million to spare 😀

    • angiev@blueyonder.co.uk
      January 29, 2018 / 6:09 pm

      Thanks for the great recommendation. Anything linked to chocolate orange has to be worth a visit!

  6. January 29, 2018 / 3:08 pm

    The National Trust really is a national treasure, isn’t it? We are always far more likely to visit places if we’ve got an annual membership. As you say, you feel justified in just popping in for a couple of hours rather than feeling that you need to spend the whole day somewhere because you’ve bought an expensive day ticket. Thanks for reminding me how special it is on #FarawayFiles

    • angiev@blueyonder.co.uk
      January 29, 2018 / 6:11 pm

      Its such great way of visiting lots of different places without a huge amount of effort.

  7. January 30, 2018 / 4:45 pm

    Oh wow, how gorgeous! I love old buildings and beautiful gardens… who doesn’t I suppose? I remember visiting so many castles and stately homes in the UK and swooning over the gardens. They’re just so lush and green! #FarawayFiles

    • angiev@blueyonder.co.uk
      January 30, 2018 / 9:52 pm

      Yes we are so lucky in the Uk to have the National Trust and so many beautifully restored and preserved historic buildings to visit.

  8. January 31, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    Gorgeous post and photos! ❤️ #farawayfiles

    • angiev@blueyonder.co.uk
      January 31, 2018 / 7:02 pm

      Thank you Hilary :0)

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