On Saturday we went on a 2 hour journey over to Petworth over in West Sussex.
Petworth is a huge 17th century manor house set in 700 acre deer park. It was owned by the Percy family then the Seymours and finally the Wyndham family before been given to the National Trust to avoid death duties (though some of house is still occupied by the Wyndhams)
more pictures after the cut:-
|side entrance to the deer park at Petworth|
Personally, I wasn't that impressed with the outside of the house. From the back it looks too plain and symmetrical, it's not very visually interesting. At the front, you can see where the owners have added to the original structure over time, which usually I like as it creates a mismatch of different styles, but in this case it looked a mess. Too boring at one side, and too higgledy piggledy on the other.
I did like the servants quarters though, plus they were huge. At one time there was more staff working at Petworth than in the royal palace, now it's run by an army of volunteers, there is over 240 of them.
|random wooden mole near the doric temple|
|ionic rotunda in the pleasure gardens|
It would be a good place to bring a picnic, as long as you watch out for goose poo, and I recommend you take one as the restaurant food is pretty average.
And for an extra bonus...... a picture of me on a mini fire engine. Obviously built for toddlers, but I couldn't help myself