Home to the De Grey family for more than 700 years, Wrest Park is currently undergoing an intensive restoration plan by English Heritage. The project is expected to take 20 years and was started in August 2011, so most of the house is off limits, but the gardens are spectacular.
The French style château was built in 1830's by Thomas Earl de Grey a politician and first Lord of the Admiralty (not to be confused with Charles Earl of Grey of tea fame). The house remained in the family until 1917, when the 9th Baron Lucas, a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps was killed in action.
I don't really know much about gardens, but from what I'v read the 90 acres of West Park feature French, Dutch, Italian and English Style gardens. So if you're into that kind of thing or want to learn more about the evolution of garden styles in England you should give the property a visit.
|spot the odd one out|
Through out the ground there are lots of hidey holes. You could have an epic game of hide and seek here, or just bring a picnic.
|Long Lake at Wrest Park|
Directly opposite the main house is the Archer's Pavilion. It is three stories high, with an underground kitchen, bedrooms and a dining/ reception room on the first floor and servants quarters in the attic. The De Grey family would use the house for entertaining or, for having a revitalising nap after a days hunting. If I lived at Wrest Park I'd turn the lodge into the ultimate book nook, it would make a lovely secluded place to read and I'd keep the kitchens in case I got peckish.
|The Archer's Pavilion|
It takes about 20-30 minuets to walk from the Archer's Pavilion back up to the main house.