Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Princess Lily Puts Her Best Foot Forward At Attingham

On a warm, but overcast day in June, Princess Lily ventured over the border into Shropshire to enjoy a day at Attingham Park, a National Trust property not far from Shrewsbury.  

Famed for its free-roaming deer herds, Lily enjoyed the grounds of Attingham whilst it was still dry.  There are different way marked walks to choose from varying in levels of intensity.  Lily enjoyed the 2 mile Deer Park Walk, pausing to spot many deer in the woods – although the wild deer must not be approached as they are easily spooked!  

After building up something of an appetite, our Princess stopped for refreshments in the Mansion Tearoom before heading into the beautiful Georgian mansion itself, home to the Berwick family for five generations.   

From the moment you step inside the main entrance, it is evident how much work the National Trust is investing into Attingham to fully restore it to its former splendour.  For younger visitors there’s the Mouse Trail too – which proved something of a challenge for the whole family, with the pesky (but cute!) mice hiding in the most unexpected of places!  

The stand-out room for Lily was the amazing Dining Room.  With its table set for a banquet of royal proportions and the candlelight reflecting in the ginormous mirrors, Lily couldn’t help but dream of hosting the most splendid of dinner parties for her felt-tastic chums, and dancing the night away after a hearty feast.   

On the upper floor of the Mansion, the views across the Severn Valley are absolutely breath-taking, so much so that Princess Lily had to stop for a rest on a rather grand sofa. 

The main restoration project at Attingham is the construction of a new roof over the Picture Gallery to protect the original roof, which was designed by John Nash.  It is estimated that the project will cost £1.4 million and will take 2 years to complete. 

In contrast to the opulent upper levels of the Mansion, Princess Lily ended her visit “below stairs” in the Housekeeper and Butlers’ Quarters – which would, in its day, have been a hive of activity with staff bustling around looking after the Berwick family.  Lily was impressed with the large kitchen and all of its copper pans – she was even tempted to try her hand at some baking! 

After a pot of tea and a slice of delicious home-made carrot cake, Princess Lily decided it was time to head home to sleep and dream of all those deer she had seen at Attingham Park.
What a fabulous day out she'd enjoyed!

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