Last Saturday the boy and I headed to Nostell Priory, which is only about half an hour away but for some reason we’ve never been. We joined up with the National Trust online before we went that morning for a whopping 35 pound each for a year to gain access to lots of country houses, castles, manors etc. It’s a pretty sweet deal considering a lot of these properties cost upwards from 10 pound per person to gain entry. For the first property we visited, we picked a good one.
Nostell Priory is in Wakefield (you can find more information here if you’d like to visit) and is an impressive manor house that was built on the site of a medieval priory, thusly the name. The house is home to a very large collection of Chippendale furniture, which was especially built for the different rooms in this particular house. Paintings adorn the walls in almost every room of people who had connections to the house and different scenes. It’s all very opulant, from the rich wallpaper to the gilded decorations.
A few things I tend to fall in love with in houses like this – 1) The ceilings. I love when the ceilings have ornate carvings of plaster or giant paintings. I loved the mix of pastels in with the carvings in Nostell Priory. 2) Those canopy beds! They get me everytime. I’ve seen my fair share of them these past few years, yet somehow everyone is different. The drapings, the colours, I fall in love. 3) Doorways, it’s a given no matter where I go though. 4) The haindpainted chinese wallpaper that adorns the walls in some of these types of houses. You can see examples of this in the bathroom pictures above. It always makes me a little sad when they get so faded, but the keepers of these properties do an excellent job in maintaining all these fragile bits. It’s definitely a labour of love for all the restoration workers, I wouldn’t have the patience!
There aren’t any pictures of the grounds, because my camera’s memory card decided to play up, which is also why I’m uploading these a week later. I had to spend a good chunk of time finding a program to restore my images. I got there in the end though, phew!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little look into a few rooms of Nostell priory, and I would highly recommend a visit! If you think you will be going to a few properties, the membership is the way to go though, if you visit three or four properties it’s pretty much paid for.