Daffodils in Clandon Park

We spent Mothering Sunday at Clandon Park last week.  I got to choose where we went for our day out (I got to choose – wooohoooo!) and having trawled the National Trust app for their Mothering Sunday events, Clandon Park kind of won.  It’s just over an hour’s drive from St Albans (assuming the M25 behaves) and is close to the RHS Gardens at Wisley – this led me to suspect that the promised ‘spring colour in the meadow’ might be a bit special and therefore a photography day was planned (sorry family)

Clandon House in Surrey, England, designed by ...

Clandon House in Surrey, England, designed by Venetian architect Giacomo Leoni (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Clandon Park is a imposing 18th Century Mansion (Palladian I believe) set in 7 acres of grounds – not a huge garden compared to our trip to Claremont in Half Term – mainly because the wider parkland that comes with the house is still in the care of the Onslow family rather than the National Trust.  The 7 acres however include a small woodland area for exploring, building dens and letting (imaginary) Cheetahs run around in, plus a little play area, a lovely grassy lawn suitable for picnicking, running around and ball games and their ‘bulb meadow’.

National Trust, Outdoor Play, play matters, Clandon Park

This is a huge achievement for the Cheetah Keeper – balancing on his own has been a long time coming

The bulb meadow is something they are rightfully proud of and late March/early April is definitely the time to visit to catch the full glory – I was almost envious of the parents who were snapping their toddlers wandering through the daffodils with them almost waist high – they looked so cute!

Daffodils, Clandon Park, Bulb Meadow, National Trust

The house contains the most amazing marble entrance hall and a very large porcelain collection.  We were most impressed by the 90yo room steward who was delivering his patter with great clarity and was clearly loving every minute of it.  You’re not allowed to take photos inside the house – but they have a super trail for children and a quiz for older ones to keep them entertained as you explore.

Outside spring was definitely springing and despite some very odd looks (and loud, pointed comments) I enjoyed getting up close to the new growth and blossom

Clandon Park really had their craft sessions planned out well and making bunting using Hessian was an inspired idea.  Funniest though was the family sitting next to me – dad dropping off into his phone with mum exclaiming “please will you just TRY to stay awake”.
I reckon Spring is probably the best time to see the meadow at it’s best – I’m really pleased we went.  (that sounds a really cheesy end to a blog post – sorry, but I’m not sure how to make it sound any better).  Oh, just look at the pictures.

Comments

  1. says

    Gorgeous Jenny! And Charly from The Doves and I are hitting RHS Wisely on Monday 14th with the kids if you’d care to join us?

  2. says

    Just laughed when I opened this Jenny – only because we were at Hatchlands today! It’s just re-opened for the season and literally 2 minutes drive from Clandon. Both are about 4 miles from my house which is handy and Wisley is super close too. The daffs look ace at Clandon, great photos – love them, I’m a sucker for flower close-ups!

    • says

      I’m rather jealous of how close you are to such amazing gardens. Was hoping to come out with you and Annie to Wisley but have to work :( I’m really hoping to get to Claremont for the rhodos in May…

  3. says

    I really love daffodil meadows like that, for me it’s the best thing about English spring. My grandparents had daffs like that in their garden and my family would always spend Easter there, doing an egg hunt amongst them whenever we were in England. Lovely to see your photos.