Sunday: Strictly speaking Day 3 of our holiday, but as Saturday was spent in Brighton helping Son Number 2 move flats (unexpectedly, but actually turned out to be a very enjoyable, if tiring, day); and Day 1, Friday, spent almost finishing my annual accounts ready for my accountant (not my favourite job), this was our first actual day of doing something more “holiday like”.
Wilton House is only about half an hour away so we didn’t venture far. But the day before in Brighton was pretty hectic, so this was more about taking it a little easy, but at the same time not wasting the day.
As it turned out, Wilton House and Gardens was an excellent choice. If you’ve ever been there, as I’m sure many of you have, you’ll appreciate why I say this. Simply because it’s such a beautiful place. In fact, I would go so far as to say quite breathtaking in parts.
The exquisite decor inside the house and the impressive 21 acre gardens, coupled with a sense of peace and tranquility, made it feel very special. Fortunately the sun was out as we wandered along the picturesque riverside walk; saw the Japanese Water garden, and found the Miz-Maze hidden amongst the trees. A “whispering seat” with it’s great view of the house is at the far end of the garden, and there is much more besides, including an adventure playground for the little ‘uns.
Luckily we managed to explore most of the grounds before the downpour 🙂
Today Wilton House is the home of the 18th Earl of Pembroke and his young family. The house itself, despite all its stately glory, has a warm and friendly feel, we felt.
There is also a very impressive collection of classic cars.
We finished off our visit with a light lunch in the very spacious restaurant.
If you’ve never been, and you’re a fan of stately homes – this is definitely a special one to visit!
So our holiday is officially underway …. now bring on that sunshine 😉