For Christmas I got a National Trust membership. It’s being a few years since I was last a member, but now looking forward to visiting new places and going back to places we have been to before.
Back in 2016 I did start to keep a note of how much we saved with the membership, but looking back over the blog, I never kept up to date with that, but with this membership I am intending to blog about the visits we do this year and the savings we made.
I actually went to Hanbury Hall, for two reasons, in the main to get a drink from the cafe as I was heading up the M5, and the other was to see what it was like, for a potential future visit.
A country retreat in the heart of Worcestershire. The William and Mary-style country house and garden, originally a stage-set for summer parties, offer a glimpse into life at the turn of the 18th century.
Current saving -£21.80
One adult £14.00
Total Saving £14.00
Membership cost £133.80
Cumulative saving -£7.80
Obviously we will need to visit some more places to make the membership cost effective and increase that cumulative saving. However for this visit, which was more of a journey break, for this kind of quick trip, a National Trust membership is really useful and makes sense.
There was an impressive staircase with some amazing paintings up the walls and across the ceiling.
I did like how the rooms were not roped off enabling you to walk around the room freely. You could quite easily imagine yourself as staying or living at the house as you walked around the room.
Having looked at one of the downstairs rooms, I had a chat with a couple of the volunteers.
I then headed up the fantastic staircase to see the murals and the rooms upstairs.
Having had a quick look around upstairs I went back down to the ground floor.
I then went for a coffee in the Stables tea room. There is some building work behind the house on a new larger cafe. This property is one of the most popular National Trust properties.
I would really like to have seen the second floor and the rooms there. They may not be special, but it would be nice to have a whole house experience.
As I approached the gardens, the fog came in.
It was a short, but lovely visit to beautiful house.