I’ve wanted to share this house we went to for a while, but couldn’t think of the name! I searched everywhere for pictures that were similar to mine so I could figure out what this amazing house was called, but wasn’t having any luck. Finally I googled “country houses with bright blue furniture” and found pictures of the pretty blue interior. I found out this place we liked so much is called Kedleston Hall. We went before we had our National Trust membership summer before last so paid the full adult price (which was around £10) which seemed a bit steep, but once inside, we realised the price was justified. The ornate carvings and furniture were just so pretty, and everywhere you looked you saw something so different to other country houses from the giant pilars to a painting done directly on the wall or ceiling with a carved frame around it.
Beneath the main house there is a basement of sorts housing treasures from Asia and India that were collected by Lord Curzon in the early 1900’s on his travels. The Curzon family still lives in part of the house today, which isn’t accessible to the public. When we were done inside the house, we headed into the back garden to discover that an outdoor play of The Tempest was going on, so we stayed and watched for a bit. We didn’t get the chance to really walk around the grounds as by the time we were done watching the play we had worn out our welcome and it was going to be closing time soon.
If you’d like to visit Kedleston Hall, it’s located in Derbyshire, and is a pretty drive to get there. Just make sure you check opening times before you go, and also to see if there are any special events coming up that you can catch when you go like their outdoor theatre productions in the summer time.