It was raining when we arrived making the front seem dark and imposing, the stones blackened with soot from the area's industrial past.
One of our favourite aspects was the interactive elements in some of the rooms. Chickpea tried out a replica bed in the Green Chamber and, in the kitchen, there were pots filled with different ingredients and spices to touch and smell.
I much prefer these simple pewter spoons to the fancy cutlery in grander houses.
While we were in the house, the sun came out, so it was back to the picnic area for dinner. I'd just laid out the food on the table when the rain returned. However, in true British style, we put up our umbrellas and carried on. Luckily the shower was short-lived and after eating, we set off to explore the gardens.
These alcoves housed the falcons used for hunting. Underneath were 'kennels' for the dogs which had just had pups.
Some areas of the garden are kept wild and natural like this lichen and moss-covered wall.
The Hall looked beautiful framed by these flowers.
I loved the bright sunny orange-yellow of these rosehips.