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September 25, 2018 - Nunnington Hall

A watercolor exhibit and the very fun Carlisle Collection of miniature rooms.

Nunnington Hall in Yorkshire

Nunnington Hall in Yorkshire

September 25, 2018 — Day 22 (Tuesday)

Ate a slightly smaller breakfast this morning. Ordered Scout’s birthday present . . . a gift certificate for Target for her requested cast iron frying pan and Dutch oven. Internet shopping is very helpful when traveling.

Nunnington Hall - Entry

Nunnington Hall - Entry

Walked to the car and set off for Nunnington Hall, another National Trust site. We quickly arrived and parked. The ticket lady asked if we’d been to Rievaulx Abbey yesterday. She was working there and recognized our Tilley hats. We walked through most of the lovely hall and were almost to the special watercolor exhibit when Montezuma struck. We headed down many stairs to the facilities. I decided a pill was in order so we started looking for water and found the tea room. It was just after noon so we decided to have lunch before climbing back up all those stairs. Ed got soup and a cheese scone, and I got a ham and spinach sandwich. They were alright and there’s no place else to eat so it sufficed. We climbed back up the stairs to view the maid’s room and the watercolor exhibit. Very nice watercolors by David Birtweistle that we thoroughly enjoyed. We moved on to the fun Carlisle Collection of miniature rooms. Then we climbed back down. We didn't realize until later that we missed the resident ghost. The paneled bedroom and adjoining small Oratory are supposedly haunted but we didn't see or hear a ghost. Maybe next time . . .

Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall - Tapestry

Nunnington Hall - Tapestry

Nunnington Hall - Drawing Room

Nunnington Hall - Drawing Room

Nunnington Hall - Bedroom

Nunnington Hall - Bedroom

Nunnington Hall - The Oak Bedroom

Nunnington Hall - The Oak Bedroom

Nunnington Hall - The - Haunted Oratory

Nunnington Hall - The - Haunted Oratory

Nunnington Hall - The Maids Room

Nunnington Hall - The Maids Room

Nunnington Hall - The Carlisle Collection of Miniature Rooms

Nunnington Hall - The Carlisle Collection of Miniature Rooms

Nunnington Hall - The Carlisle Collection of Miniature Rooms

Nunnington Hall - The Carlisle Collection of Miniature Rooms

Nunnington Hall - The Carlisle Collection of Miniature Rooms

Nunnington Hall - The Carlisle Collection of Miniature Rooms

Nunnington Hall - The Carlisle Collection of Miniature Rooms

Nunnington Hall - The Carlisle Collection of Miniature Rooms

Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall


Next was their famous organic garden still full of fruit and vegetables even in late September. They pack fleece from their sheep around the base of young fruit trees as mulch . . . looks cosy. There were bronze sculptures set out all through the garden and you could play croquet or badminton on the lawn. We opted for a couple lounge chairs in the tea garden overlooking the river Rye and enjoyed our second day of sun. [Nunnington Hall, Nunnington, North Yorkshire, YO62 5UY; tel: +44 01439748283; Click here for the Nunnington Hall web site]

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Nunnington Hall - Beribboned Tree - We have no idea why.

Nunnington Hall - Beribboned Tree - We have no idea why.

Nunnington Hall - Garden Sculpture

Nunnington Hall - Garden Sculpture

Nunnington Hall - Croquet on the Lawn

Nunnington Hall - Croquet on the Lawn

Nunnington Hall - Garden Sculpture

Nunnington Hall - Garden Sculpture

Nunnington Hall - Garden Sculpture

Nunnington Hall - Garden Sculpture

Nunnington Hall - Garden

Nunnington Hall - Garden

Nunnington Hall - Garden

Nunnington Hall - Garden

Nunnington Hall - Apple Orchard

Nunnington Hall - Apple Orchard

Nunnington Hall - Resident Peacocks

Nunnington Hall - Resident Peacocks

Yorkshire Lavender Gardens - Closed

Yorkshire Lavender Gardens - Closed

We then drove to Yorkshire Lavender Gardens and parked. As we walked to the entrance, we were greeted by a doddering old man who mumbled they were closed. Could have mentioned it on their web site instead of announcing they were open! I snapped a couple photos over the fence and we left . . . grumpily.

Returning to Helmsley from the Yorkshire Lavender Gardens

Returning to Helmsley from the Yorkshire Lavender Gardens

It was a lovely drive back to Helmsley and we have a dinner reservation at our hotel tonight. ‘Twill be noisy but good.

Posted by Beausoleil 14:54 Archived in United Kingdom

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I love those bronze sculptures in the gardens. Every old place like this in the UK has to have a ghost story attached to it. You don't say the oak bedroom is haunted but it looks pretty creepy. The servant's bedroom, on the other hand, looks surprisingly spacious. Bet they put about 10 servants in there!!!

by irenevt

The tree covered in ribbons is a wishing tree where you make a wish and then tie a ribbon. I first saw this on Buyukada, Istanbul. There's one in Tai Po, Hong Kong, too. It was probably just started off for fun.

by irenevt

Another great blog with you. It"s a small world when you were recognised by the lady. Alec.

by alectrevor

Nunnington Hall looks interesting and I love the bronze sculptures and indeed the whole garden looks lovely. A shame you didn't bump into the ghost however

by ToonSarah

Irene, thank you for telling me about the wishing tree. If I had known, we could have made a wish. We missed that and the ghost . . . so sad. The ghost is in the Oratory and the Paneled Bedroom. The Oak Bedroom was just very dark and gloomy but the paneling was gorgeous.

Thanks for visiting.

by Beausoleil

Hi Alec. The lady probably didn't recognize us. She recognized our hats. If you've ever seen the Canadian Tilley hats, they are pretty distinctive and when we wear matching ones, we stand out in a crowd. One of our neighbors met us without them once and didn't recognize us. That was pretty funny.

Thanks for visiting.

by Beausoleil

Hi Sarah. I suspect I'm glad we didn't meet the ghost. Not sure what I'd do if I saw one. We saw a UFO once out on the midwest plains late at night. All five of us were in the car so if it was an illusion, we all saw the same illusion. It wasn't scary but it was memorable because something so big was so quiet. No, we didn't report it because we didn't want everyone to think we were crazy. ;)

Thanks for visiting.

by Beausoleil

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