On Easter Monday we took a trip out to Witley Court with the family.
The children had been there before with Grandma and Grandad so it was lovely to see somewhere that they had been without us, and we were blessed with fantastic weather.
Witley Court is part of the English Heritage, of which my in-laws are members, so Grandad and the children all got in on their tickets and we only had to pay for the other three adult tickets -at a cost of £8.20 each.
They had an treasure quest for the children to do – obviously Z was too young but the older pair enjoyed searching for the treasure chests whilst I decoded the symbols to discover where the housekeeper had lost her keys. In return for completing the quest, we got 2 golden (chocolate obviously) coins for each child.
We headed first to the wilderness playground, which was lovely. It is all made from chunky wood and natural materials, and the children enjoyed climbing and playing before we headed over to the house.
The house itself had been destroyed by a fire, but the walls and gardens remain and it is a pretty impressive sight particularly standing aloft, surrounded by rolling hills.
The main feature of the garden is the perseus and andromeda fountain which is turned on once an hour evert hour, so we waited around for a little while to see the spectacle.
After the fountain display had finished, we headed to the tea rooms next door for some light refreshments, before heading back via the play area to the car.
It was a lovely place to visit although it demands a lot of walking and Grandad did a sterling job of navigating all the paths despite his sprained ankle and even the children didn’t moan too much, the promise of ice cream just about sweetened it enough for them.
Well worth a visit, for all ages, if you are in the area.