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September 26, 2018 — Beningbrough Hall and Garden

Fortunately saw most of Beningbrough Hall before the lights went out and they closed. Spent the rest of the day in the beautiful gardens.

Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park

Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park

Autumn leaves in Helmsley

Autumn leaves in Helmsley


September 26, 2018 — Day 23 (Wednesday)

Even lighter breakfast this morning. We’re not used to the B&B thing where they try to stuff you like a Thanksgiving turkey. Retreated to our room for a while then walked up to La Trattoria to make a dinner reservation. That done, we got the car and set out for Beningbrough Hall and Gardens. Took a little longer than we planned so we arrived in time for lunch. Only the tea room which is self service was open and not very inspiring so we had ham sandwiches and lemonade. Ed got a lemon cake and I got a National Trust shortbread cooky for dessert. The National Trust makes excellent shortbread.

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Road to the Hall

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Road to the Hall

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Gate House, Restaurant, Garden Shop

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Gate House, Restaurant, Garden Shop

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Entry

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Entry

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - The Pergola

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - The Pergola

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Pathway

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Pathway

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Wildlife . . .

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Wildlife . . .

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens


After lunch we decided to do the Hall (house) first and this turned out to be a very good decision. We wandered through the moderately impressive house climbing from floor to floor. Up one flight to their special exhibit on Distinguished Women in History. It was a minimalist exhibit featuring the likes of Amy Winehouse so quickly gone through and forgotten. As we walked out and started up the next flight of stairs, the lights went out. They told us the electricity was out but otherwise we were okay so we continued through their collection from the National Portrait Gallery in light from windows and skylights. As we walked out the last door, a lady came through saying they were closing the Hall because of the electricity . . . but we had seen it all.

Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall - Live Music

Beningbrough Hall - Live Music

Beningbrough Hall - Grand Staircase

Beningbrough Hall - Grand Staircase

Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall - Admiring paintings

Beningbrough Hall - Admiring paintings

Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall - Lost electricity<br />so we all have to leave . . .

Beningbrough Hall - Lost electricity
so we all have to leave . . .


Downstairs we saw a group of school children dressed as Victorian house servants who were being ushered out from their field trip day. So sad. We departed the now-closed house for the Victorian Laundry with a lot of other people determined to see something before they went home. After the laundry, we walked to the Walled Garden and entered. Trees were heavy with apples and pears but we saw no medlars here. They espaliered apples and pears into fences and archways and used sage as a border decoration. We talked to a gardener who told us the trees with cherry-like fruit were Siberian crab apples. She also said she used liquid sea weed for her pumpkins and that comfrey was a good fertilizer. We thoroughly covered and enjoyed the gardens and then headed home . . . still in sunshine. [Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, York YO30 1DD; tel: +44 01904472027; Click here for the Beningbrough Hall web site]

Victorian Laundry

Victorian Laundry

Victorian Laundry

Victorian Laundry

Victorian Laundry Ladies

Victorian Laundry Ladies

Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Siberian crab apples

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Siberian crab apples

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Pumpkins

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Pumpkins

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Grapes

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Grapes

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Wildlife

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - Wildlife

Leaving Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Leaving Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Driving from Beningbrough Hall back to Helmsley

Driving from Beningbrough Hall back to Helmsley


Back in Helmsley we strolled around the pretty town taking pictures and visiting art galleries. Fun. Then I put my pictures on the computer and we walked to La Trattoria, two doors down the street, for dinner. Ed got pork and I got lamb. The food was less than memorable, but the staff was wonderful. It was a fun experience.

Long day and off to Manchester tomorrow . . . sigh . . .

*****

Driving into Helmsley before the storm

Driving into Helmsley before the storm

Church of All Saints in Helmsley, UK

Church of All Saints in Helmsley, UK

Helmsley - Market Square before the storm

Helmsley - Market Square before the storm

La Trattoria Restaurant in Helmsley, UK

La Trattoria Restaurant in Helmsley, UK

Posted by Beausoleil 15:03 Archived in United Kingdom

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Shame about the electricity. Personally I usually prefer the gardens at old houses and just have a quick look inside.

by irenevt

The last and , only time that i visited Beningbrough Hall,i was a school kid. Remember some. The thing about the English Breakfast is it sets you up for the day. Light lunch, big dinner. Thanks for posting. Stay Safe. Alec.

by alectrevor

Beningbrough sounds worth a visit - one to note for the next time we're in this area (but we'll be hoping the electricity stays on!) When we stay in B&Bs we make the most of the large breakfast and then skip lunch or maybe just have a snack

by ToonSarah

Hi Irene. We prefer the gardens too but it's always nice to see what's inside the house. Often they have an interesting art exhibit. The people who work in the gardens are always fascinating.

Alec, that doesn't work for us because we eat our main meal at noon and have a small supper in the evening . . . or skip an evening meal altogether. Easier to sleep on a relatively empty tummy.

Hi Sarah. I think the electricity was off because despite the sun in many photos, there were some terrible storms in the area. We managed to stay away from most of them. We quickly learned you don't need to eat the huge B&B breakfasts and that helped us. Habits are hard to break and vacations not the place to learn. We like a light breakfast.

I'm so glad to see you are all escaping the virus. May we all be traveling next year this time!

by Beausoleil

'May we all be travelling next year this time!'

Hear hear to that!!

by ToonSarah

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