Visit to Wimpole Hall & Estate (NT)

Wimpole Hall & Estate can be found in Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire, SG8 0BW. It is a working estate still guided by the seasons, with an impressive Mansion and Home Farm.

The Mansion, at the heart of this estate, is evidence of Elsie Bambridge’s success in creating a home. Intimate rooms contrast with beautiful and unexpected Georgian interiors, including Soane’s breath-taking Yellow Drawing Room and wonderful plunge bath. From furniture to porcelain, pictures to prints, you can take a peek at both fabulous and frivolous items which together with other more mundane pieces grace the collection, whilst he fascinating basement corridor offers a glimpse into life below stairs.

You can also stroll around the colourful Parterre Garden and the 18th-century Walled Garden, abundant with fruit, vegetables and herbaceous borders. Constructed by William Eames this features Sir John Soane’s glasshouse where young plants are produced for the vegetable plots which last year produced over 450kg of produce for the restaurant as well as cut flowers for the Hall.

Home Farm contrasts the traditional farmyard with the noisy modern piggery and cattle shed whilst in the landscaped park, among the rare-breed cattle, you can imagine the previous owners planning their visions of grand avenues and spectacular vistas or take a break in the Farm Café.

For a place to eat or just relax a while try the Old Rectory Restaurant. It’s a great place to drop in for a cup of tea and cake or relax on the comfy banquette seating over a leisurely two or three-course lunch. Whilst the Stable Kitchen serves a selection of light refreshments and ice creams. Take a seat in the courtyard or on the terrace overlooking the garden and watch the world go by. – image right justified, 900 reduced to c 300

Date & Timings:  Saturday 13th June 2015
Depart from Melton Mowbray at 8.30 am.  Arrive at Destination at c. 10.00 am.
Depart from Destination at 4.30 pm.  Arrive at Melton Mowbray at c. 6.00 pm.

The cost of £30.00 per person (£21.50 for NT members) includes coach travel, parking, coffee on arrival, guided tour and gratuities.  Spare places may be offered to non-Society members who will be charged an additional £1 to secure temporary membership.

DLBOOKING-butTo reserve a place on the outing please return the completed booking form to the organiser with the full amount payable – cheques made out to Melton Mowbray & District Historical Societyby 29th May. Please enclose a stamp addressed envelope or an e-mail address so that receipt of your reservation may be acknowledged.  Payments for reservations cancelled within 2 weeks of the outing may be partially refunded provided entrance tickets have not been purchased.

DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL WILL BE FROM/AT THE MELTON & DISTRICT INDOOR BOWLS CLUB, LEICESTER ROAD, MELTON MOWBRAY (NEAR B&Q DIY STORE). PLEASE INDICATE ON BOOKING FORM IF YOU REQUIRE PICK UP FROM WILTON ROAD CAR PARK.

Organiser: Vaughan Gregory.  Tel: 01664 569922

The Society can accept no responsibility for accidents, loss of property, etc. of those participating in the Society’s events.

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