What shall we do? Country

For walks check out the walks page. But if you are looking for stately homes and grounds then there are plenty to choose from.

CASTLE HOWARD

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

We are very lucky to have one of the most well-known stately homes, Castle Howard, on our doorstep. I never grow tired of the drive past the lake towards the house (remember Sebastian Flyte and Charles Ryder in Brideshead?). As well as extensive gardens to explore, an impressive fountain, a great adventure playground down by the boating lake, there are also some lovely walks around its wider estate.

BURTON AGNES

Burton Agnes lit up for Christmas

Burton Agnes lit up for Christmas

Burton Agnes Hall in East Yorkshire is a striking Elizabethan stately home that has been described as one of the twenty best English houses alongside Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Chatsworth. The gardens are equally attractive – there is a lovely snowdrop woodland walk to enjoy in January. Within the walled garden there are giant outdoor games to entertain the kids as well as a maze that has terrified me on occasion when losing one of the boys in it! The house also has a fine collection of art, including a contemporary collection, tapestries and furniture. At Christmas the house looks particularly beautiful when the Cunliffe Lister family display their wonderful handmade decorations in each of the rooms.

NUNNINGTON

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Originally a Tudor hall, Nunnington Hall is situated in an idyllic setting on the banks of the River Rye in the pretty village of Nunnington. It has many stunning features including The Dining Room, the Oak Hall and the 18th century Baby House, which once belonged to Margaret Fife, the owner who turned the once run-down Nunnington Hall into a much-loved family home. Don’t miss the display of charming miniature dolls’ house interiors on the upper floors. Nunnington also holds some high quality exhibitions in the attic gallery. You are just a short stroll from Nunnigton Studios, home to Bils and Rye, a wonderful contemporary art, sculpture and ceramics gallery. A new café is due to open in Easter 2016 in the courtyard.