Loseley Park – Part one

July 15, 2013

IMG_3525This is one of two posts you’ll see this week about our visit to Loseley Park. I took so many photographs, it would be too much for one slideshow. A post with photographs of the flowers is coming over the next few days.

Loseley Park looks incredible when you drive into the grounds. If you’re seeking the wow factor, it’s definitely there. The house was one of the first stately homes to be open to the public and has been home to the More-Molyneaux family for 500 years. It contains works of art including paintings, clocks and cabinets.

Taking into account the attention span of our toddler, we opted for a nose around the gardens. First stop was IMG_3184the Courtyard Tearoom where we had a light lunch in what used to be the old kitchens and scullery of the house.

We then headed over to the Loseley Shop where we purchased some delicious Loseley ice-cream. It was such a gorgeous day all three of us enjoyed a little tub each.

We sat in the sunshine taking everything in before having a look in the magnificent walled garden. Beautifully laid out with roses, flowers and herbs it’s just superb.

You can really appreciate what it would look like when the Ancient Wisteria, which covered an entire wall, is IMG_3230in full bloom too. Also nearby is a Mulberry tree reputed to have been planted by Queen Elizabeth I.

We then passed through the award-winning rose garden, which is planted with one thousand old rose bushes, framed by long low box hedges. The central feature is a gazebo with newly planted roses.

The flower garden is awash with bold and fiery colours and the herb garden provides colour, texture and scent. POD enjoying running around and smelling the flowers. A vegetable and cut flower garden reminded me of my childhood somehow – I think it was the scent of the sweet peas and runner beans.

IMG_3415The white garden would have been a tranquil place to be were it not for our excitable toddler. POD loved the ornamental frog – quickly realising he wasn’t a seat – and we spotted a dragonfly at the water feature. I tried to take a photo of him but he was far too quick for me.

The moat walk was beautiful. Set at a higher level than the gardens, it provided great views of the house and the moat below it. POD had lots of fun running herself and her parents ragged. She ran, we ran, she ran faster. We laughed a lot. We had a great afternoon in the sunshine at a truly wonderful location.

We’re linking this post up with Country Kids at Coombe Mill and Magic Moments at The Oliver’s Madhouse.

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  • Kim Carberry July 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Wow! It looks beautiful!! Looks the perfect place to spend some time x

  • Charly Dove July 15, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    It was a fabulous place Kim – took too many photos to get it all in one post 🙂

  • Mummy of Two July 15, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    That looks great – and fab pictures, as always!

    • Charly Dove July 15, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      Thank you – it’s just beautiful. I took way too many photos 🙂

  • claire toplis July 15, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Looks a cracking place to visit

    • Charly Dove July 15, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      It’s a great place Claire – loads of space for POD to run around in too 🙂

  • Sarah MumofThree World July 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    What beautiful photos! Looks like a lovely place to visit.

    • Charly Dove July 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you Sarah – there is more to come. Superb place to visit 🙂

  • Suzanne July 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    This brings back memories – we had our wedding reception here! Well not actually the house…..the barn round the back but the grounds are stunning 🙂 Beautiful pictures as ever Charly x

    • Charly Dove July 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      What an amazing venue for a wedding reception. The barn is beautiful, we had a nose round that too 🙂

  • 3yearsandhome July 15, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    What an amazing place. I’ve never heard of it before. Your photos are beautiful too.

    • Charly Dove July 15, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      Thank you – it was just beautiful and loads more photos are coming 🙂

  • Coombemill - Fiona July 15, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    What a stunning place and so immaculate! You have some gorgeous pictures of POD having a lovely time exploring the grounds and fun with her Daddy, thanks for coming over and sharing your visit to Loseley Park with Country Kids and I look forward to seeing part two next week!

    • Charly Dove July 16, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      Thank you Fiona – it’s a fabulous place. Would be great to get married there (if we weren’t already!). Part two is on its way 🙂

  • Jaime Oliver July 15, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    What a really fantastic day! i love Loseley Park and have visited to take part in a civil war re-enactment a few moons ago!

    I love the picture of POD on the hill she is so gorgeous.

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

    • Charly Dove July 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Thank you Jaime – sounds like there is a story to be told there 🙂

  • Celia July 16, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Oh wow – this looks lovely – on the visit now x C

    • Charly Dove July 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Thank you – it’s a really great place. Ruben would love running around there 🙂

  • Helen Braid (@EllieAllAtSea) July 16, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Oh how beatiful I adore places like this! Your day out sounds right up my street x

    • Charly Dove July 16, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      It’s a beautiful place Helen – we’ll have to look inside the house next time 🙂

  • Louise July 18, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Will have to google this as might not be too far from us. It certainly won’t be quiet with my 3 tho!

    • Charly Dove July 18, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      You should definitely go Louise, fabulous place. It wasn’t as quiet when our toddler arrived 🙂

  • Jenny @ The Brick Castle July 19, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Dragonflies are gorgeous, definitely a magic moment all on it’s own 🙂

    • Charly Dove July 19, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      They so are – I wish I could have got a decent photo of one 🙂

  • older mum in a muddle July 22, 2013 at 8:52 am

    How stunning – I’ll bet POD loved running around the gardens! X.

    • Charly Dove July 24, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      She adored it! Had an absolute ball there 🙂

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