Last week I took a trip to my beautiful ancestral home!!
Well ok, I may be sliiiightly stretching the truth there. Research suggests it’s likely that we’re distantly related to James Murgatroyd who built East Riddlesden Hall, a 17th century manor house near Keighley in West Yorkshire – but probably very indirectly and many times removed. His family supposedly became notorious for their ‘profanity and debauchery’ which certainly sounds fun. Though also rather like some of the accusations levelled at Poldark, so maybe it was all just a big misunderstanding with some slander from a jealous nobleman thrown in for good measure? (Bet you can’t tell how I’m spending my Sunday evenings at present…)
Anyhow family history aside, I’d never been before and was glad I finally made the effort.
I couldn’t take pictures inside but the house has lots of rooms done out in their original styles and there is lots of art, textiles, pottery etc to look at if you’re interested. It really impressed me how many volunteers were there, some of them in period dress and doing traditional crafts, it’s nice to see that so many people care about preserving and sharing their local history.
As I was visiting with my mum and young son, much of the time was spent exploring the gorgeous gardens which have an emphasis on being wildlife friendly, so there were lots of gorgeous smelling blooms.
And hidey holes for animals.
This is a Natural Trust property so there is an entrance fee to go round the house and gardens or around £7 (concessions available and under 5s free) – it’s free to just walk round the grounds. I’m a member as I like to visit these kind of places a lot so it works out good value.
As with many Natural Trust properties, there are really excellent play areas for kids too, and there are lots of little fun quirky things to stumble across as you wander around which gives it quite a magical sense of discovery.
There was nice little cafe and shop too. I took home a gorgeous Dahlia Mystic Dreamer which I think goes very nicely with our spray painted garden chairs. I would definitely recommend visiting East Riddlesden Hall if you’ve never been.
I’d wanted to wear a dress but the weather forecast was a bit too gloomy – actually, it was really sunny for a lot of the visit but there was a huge downpour just before we left so, acceptable forecast accuracy I guess.
Anyway that did give mean I could wear one of my most favourite thrifted finds, this gorgeous chocolate brown leather jacket. There are no tags in this so I’ve no idea where it cam from originally but I knew when I touched it that I wanted it. It cost £20, so more than I often spend on a whole outfit, but it is beautiful leather and a lovely cut and something I expect to wear for many years to come.
The top is Boden, though I bought for £1.50 in a half price sale at Scope. Excuse the dreaded mirror selfie but it’s the best pic I have without the jacket on…
Oh and the same Hush Puppy shoes from this post again, because when I like something I tend to wear it and wear it TO DEATH.
Have you ever been here? Which are you favourite National Trust Properties? Let me know which I should add to my ‘to visit’ list…