Not far from where I live is the National Trust property Benthall Hall, near Broseley, Shropshire. A property I confess to having never visited before, an impromptu visit by my sister and I for tea and cake was called for. I am quite sure I checked the time they opened before we left but still managed to arrive twenty minutes before they opened!
|Benthall Hall Rose Garden|
Benthall Hall is situated above the gorge of the River Severn, not far from Ironbridge. It is a stonehouse built in 1535 and part of the house is occupied by the Benthall family today.
It was a cooler and rather cloudy day and we did have to dodge a shower or two. We explored the garden first, there is a walled kitchen garden, though my favourite area was the Rose Garden with topiary trees and shrubs. A great location to sit and enjoy the flowers and history of this property. Next to the walled garden was the Elizabethan skittle alley, something for both children and adults to enjoy.
|Beautiful raindrops on roses, sadly no whiskers on kittens|
|Benthall Hall's Magical Front Door|
Entrance into the house was through this delightful front door, I felt as though I was about to step into a fairytale. There were some rather nice pieces of china in the house and you get a sneak peak at the wonderful floor tiles hidden and protected by the wooden flooring.
|Benthall Hall National Trust in Shropshire|
The tearoom is situated inside the house on the ground floor, the call of tea and cake was too great and we decided to break up the tour of the house with a tearoom pit stop. The tearoom it self was in a plain room in the house, the service was polite and efficient with tea served in vintage china. I think I am rather spoilt by the tearoom at Sunnycroft which truly has to be one of the National Trust's most beautiful tearooms.
|Carrot Cake and a cup of tea|
There are two walks around the Benthall Estate to enjoy, the Woodland Walk and the Parkland Walk possibly not for a rainy day though. The standout area of the property was the Rose garden, a very picturesque setting and definitely the jewel of this National Trust property.