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.
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?!
Hall of Armour
Copper kettles in the Servant’s Quarters
Various rooms in the House
Check out the ceilings!
The Garden dates back to the 17th century, I fell in love with it instantly.
Views of the House and Gardens
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.
There were wonderful naturalised banks of primroses and fritillaries, the daffodils in the adjoining woodland were just as gorgeous.
Primroses and Fritillaries
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.
Prunus trees (cherry blossom)
Views of the Woodland
Is it just me or am I being watched?!
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
Not strictly a sculpture but it was a smart sundial!
I loved this rhino!
Reach for the skies!
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! 🙂