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Two (well, five) go to Erddig

Busy week last week including a friend’s funeral, and a big family day out in North Wales. Hence not much time to post on here!

The day out was lovely. We caught up with my mother in law and her two sisters, and all five of us went to Erddig, a big stately home near Wrexham that’s now owned by the National Trust. I last went with my parents soon after the NT opened it to the public, but I didn’t remember much.

It turned out to be fascinating. It’s one of these “time capsule” properties where everything has been left just as though the original family had popped out to the shops. And as they were mad collectors, the house is jammed full of “stuff” that’s either beautiful or weird, or sometimes both. There’s also more emphasis on the servants’ lives and quarters than in many properties, with the kitchen, dairy, scullery, washroom, bake-house, tack-room, carriage house, stables, house-keeper’s room, butler’s pantry and maids’ bedrooms on display, and I think I enjoyed those the most.

The gardens are gorgeous and we strolled around the avenues of pleached limes, a rose garden with lots of flowers already out, and various ponds and lakes. And there were goslings (see above)!

The whole place is too big to see in one visit so we’ll definitely be heading back for another look soon.



Fiona lives in a slate cottage within stone-throwing distance (never a good idea in Glass houses...) of England's largest lake. She enjoys history, gardening and photography, and rarely has her nose far from the pages of a book - or a cup of tea.

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