Saturday, 18 April 2015

Clandon Park

Clandon Park, a National Trust house in Surrey, is easily reached by train, only a mere 3,500 steps from the station.

West Clandon is a pretty village with a couple of pubs and a church.  I couldn't resist taking a photo of this grass verge, part of a garden I passed on the way, as it was just so colourful.

Mid photo, the owner of the house came out and caught me in the act!

Clandon Park used to belong to the Onslow family who provided three Speakers for the House of Commons.  The fourth Earl of Onslow was the Governor of New Zealand in 1888 and brought a Maori meeting house to Clandon.  The house was used as a military hospital during the WWI.

 During March/early April there is a wonderful display of daffodils in the grounds.  There were still a few left this week.

This is the back of the house, which you see as you enter the estate.


The impressive Marble Hall is a two storey 40 foot cube built by Giacomo Leoni

It's difficult to get the whole thing into a photo!


There are collections of fine furniture and porcelain from Mrs Gubbay, Lady Swaythling and Ivo Forde.  Outside is the Maori meeting house and a pretty garden.
parterre garden

Maori meeting house

Ever had one of those days?

A pheasant making a dash for it.


The Surrey Infantry Museum is located in the undercroft, which also houses a cafe and shop, the NT also run summer craft workshops.  Here's the website with lots more information.

A little further down the road is a garden centre, complete with reptile section and cafe, which makes a mean cheese scone.

I hope you enjoyed the trip!

See you soon

*** update 29.4.15 ***
I can't believe that just 11 days after my visit the sad and devastating news is that Clandon Park has been engulfed by fire. Firefighters continue to try to get the fire under control as I type this.

4 comments:

  1. Oh! I used to work in the restaurant at Clandon as a student during the holidays. Thanks for the tour and the trip down memory lane! xx

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  2. Pleasure. Thanks for commenting :-)

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  3. It's always lovely to read about NT properties I could visit - this one doesn't look too far from me and those pictures of the Marble hall make it seem like an interesting place. Thanks for posting! Judy.

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  4. NT properties offer so much entertainment value - lots of walking in a pleasant environment with a cafe to finish off with! Hatchlands is also fairly close and has a bluebell wood. Thanks for your comment.

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