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 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’.
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!
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