The red brick house of Dunham Massey was begun in the Georgian period, but the present structure is a product of heavy restoration in the Edwardian years. The result is a superb example of that period, an ornate, almost overwhelming interior, with wonderful collections of Georgian furniture, paintings, and silver.
Dunham Massey is built around two courtyards, one cobbled and the other centred around a fountain and informal garden. Tours of the interior take visitors around the main court rooms, with the highlight being the library. A crucifix by Grinling Gibbons hangs above the mantlepiece, and models of the heavens stand beside the bookshelves. In the Tudor long gallery is Dunham Massey’s most prized painting, Mars, Venus, and Cupid with Saturn as Time, by Guercino. Interest is not confined to the sumptuous showrooms however, the servant’s quarters have been restored to provide a glimpse of life below stairs.
The house is set in attractive gardens of special interest to keen plantsmen. An orangery shares space with fine old trees and planted borders, a Victorian bark house and well house. The deer park surrounding the house and gardens contain lovely walks beside ponds. Deer wander the grounds and visitors can get quite close to them.
Date & Timings: Saturday 13th August 2016
Depart from Melton Mowbray at 8.15 am. Arrive at Destination at c. 10.30 am.
Depart from Destination at 4.30 pm. Arrive at Melton Mowbray at c. 7.00 pm.
The cost of £20.00 per person for NT Members and £31.50 for Non NT Members includes coach travel, parking, gratuities and access to House, Gardens, Mill and Park. Spare places may be offered to non-Society members who will be charged an additional £1 to secure temporary membership.
To 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 Society – by 30th July. 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.