After our super day out last week at Dunham Massey we decided that this week we would return to Cheshire and head to another National Trust property, Tatton Park. The sky was not quite as blue unfortunately, but there was still plenty of colour to be seen in the garden.
As we entered the Stableyard the first thing that hit us was the number of beautiful flowers in tubs and baskets. Certainly was a bright and jolly welcome on a grey October day.
We decided to head into the garden first and were delighted to see a lovely array of flowers still in bloom in the Walled Kitchen Garden, including delightfully scented Sweet peas……one of my favourite flowers.
Further on, through the archway, came one of the great delights of this time of year….. a Pumpkin Patch!
It was great to see so many apples on the trees too.
Then it was time to head down to the 100 year old Japanese Garden, which looked particularly stunning with its Autumn colours.
Walking back through Charlotte’s Garden (laid out in 1818) we were impressed by the giant yew topiary, although we admit it would look better against a blue sky!
We headed towards the Italian Garden where we were amazed by the beautiful floral border.
It was wonderful to see such an array of colour still on display in mid October!
Then it was time to head for the early 19th century house, or Mansion, as it is known. This was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1958 on the death of Maurice, 4th Baron Egerton of Tatton and, along with the rest of the estate, is now administered and financed by Cheshire East Council.
There are numerous rooms to visit with fascinating collections of fine art, furnishings, books and ceramics. In the Drawing Room (where ladies would ‘withdraw’ to after dinner) the walls are lined with cherry coloured damask silk and there are huge Rococo style sofas, which look quite comfortable even to modern standards!
The Library is quite stunning with its Gillows bookcases housing almost 5,000 books, the earliest dating from 1513.
There are fabulous view from the upper floors of the Mansion, including this view of the Italian Garden, designed in 1847. You can just see the Tatton deer herd in the distance.
‘Below stairs’ we saw the cellars, scullery and kitchen where at the end of the 19th century around 40 servants were supervised by the Housekeeper and House Steward. The kitchen range was particularly impressive as was the display of copper pots.
We enjoyed a scrumptious hot lunch and afternoon tea in the Stables Restaurant, however we did spot that there is a newly opened Gardener’s Cottage Tea Room which we will definitely try next time! Looks like it will be a charming place to stop in the summer.
There is lots more to see at Tatton Park including the Farm, the Old Hall and Parkland which can be explored on bikes hired from the Stableyard. There are also events on throughout the year. For further information see the Tatton Park website.
As National Trust members we were able to access the Mansion and Gardens for free, although there is a £6 parking charge applicable to everyone. You can find out more about membership on the National Trust website.