I love the idea of taking myself off on adventures, whether they be big or small, with my favourite camera and documenting what I see. At the end of Summer last year, my young man and I visited Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire.
As some of you will know, I am a bit of a history geek and my young man is an architect in the making, so since it is renowned as one of the most important Elizabethan country houses in England, Hardwick Hall had been on both our ‘must see’ lists for some time. Neither the house nor the grounds disappointed. Designed by Robert Smythson for the infamous Bess of Hardwick, the house has changed little since it was built in the late 16th Century and so really is an extraordinary place…
And of course, it being a Saturday at a National Trust property, we were lucky enough to meet Bess herself (quite a character she was too!), as well as some of the Elizabethan riff raff who were lingering outside the grounds of the house.
In the grounds of Hardwick Hall, you can see a slightly earlier house which was used as guest and service accommodation after the new hall was built. The Old Hall is now a rather beautiful ruin, with exceptional views over the Derbyshire countryside.
Of course on the way home we simply had to stop at the Old Bakewell Tart shop!!
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