Hatfield House

At the weekend I visited a garden just up the road from where I live – Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. The House is the home of the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury and their family. It is an incredibly impressive place, it felt like I went back in time as soon as I stepped inside.

Hatfield House

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Close-up!

 

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My favourite room in the House was the Library, it had 10,000 books! The hall of armour was very grand, the various paintings and tapestries adorning the place was like something out of a period drama. Who needs Downton Abbey when you have Hatfield House?!

Library

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Hall of Armour

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Copper kettles in the Servant’s Quarters

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Various rooms in the House

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Check out the ceilings!

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The Garden dates back to the 17th century, I fell in love with it instantly.

Views of the House and Gardens

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The grounds cover 11,000 acres, 45 of them are the formal gardens. I couldn’t believe it when I found out only four gardeners work there, they clearly work damn hard at keeping the place looking as beautiful as it does.

Formal Gardens

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There were wonderful naturalised banks of primroses and fritillaries, the daffodils in the adjoining woodland were just as gorgeous.

Primroses and Fritillaries

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Daffodils!

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There was a magnificent rhododendron with vivid pink flowers that caught my eye – it stood out like a sore thumb! It was a clever contrast against the pure white of the Prunus trees nearby.

Rhododendrons

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Prunus trees (cherry blossom)

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Views of the Woodland

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Is it just me or am I being watched?!

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I didn’t realise Hatfield were holding the Great British Sculpture Show throughout the 2014 visitor season until I arrived. The amount of talented artwork on display was amazing, I would love to have bought one of the sculptures. However the prices ranged from 3,000 to 75,000 – just a tad more than I can afford!!

My favourite sculptures

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Yoga pose!

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Dancing skeletons!

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Not strictly a sculpture but it was a smart sundial!

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I loved this rhino!

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Reach for the skies!

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The sculptures were dotted around the garden, it really enhanced the structure of the place. Some of the human statues were so life like I thought they were real!

I had an awesome day out, I can’t recommend Hatfield House highly enough to visit. I hope you enjoyed the photos, until next time! 🙂

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15 thoughts on “Hatfield House

  1. Wow Becky what a tour you have given us! This looks like an amazing place to visit. And the sculptures are wonderful! Not too sure about the dancing skeletons though, not my kind of thing! Lol

    Thank you for all the fabulous photos! Xx

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    • It was amazing Christine, I’d love to go back and visit again in early summer when the bluebells are fully out 🙂
      Some of the sculptures were very strange, such as the dancing skeletons! The woman on the dinosaur was another weird one, there was a great variety going on! Thank you for reading and commenting, glad you enjoyed the photos 😀 xx

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  2. I loved the gardens! As I scrolled down your post, the sculpture show photos took me by surprise, but I really enjoyed them. And inside the house, I was most taken by the Hall of Armor.

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    • Thank you! As I said in the post I didn’t realise the sculpture show was at Hatfield until I arrived – it was a pleasant surprise 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the photos, thanks again x

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      • I was amazed at finding a flower I saw in Holland that I couldn’t find a name for and had only seen on a trip to Holland. Its colour is so unusual. In fact, I believe I sent a photo of it to Christine and I don’t believe she was familiar with it either? I’ve got a photo of a tortilla flower which looks like an egg done sunny side up! 🙂 No kidding it grows in a tree and I took the shot in San Diego…

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  3. Very local to me Becky, I ‘ll get a season ticket and walk through the park a few days a week. I love your photo record. The Fritillaries and Rhododendrons are really beautiful. The sculptures are better this year. I adore the fox. 🙂

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