I know that over the past few weeks, I have shared our adventures from Scotland and I realized that it had been way too long since I feature the beautiful and special Welsh countryside. With that in mind, I am bringing back Wild & Wondrous Wales posts to share all the beauty of this wonderful place! I hope you enjoy!
There is no pretending that I am a big ol’ Downton Abbey fan. I have seen ever episode, more than once, and I even make tea parties to watch the premier. I love the storyline with the family, costuming and of course the upstairs and downstairs drama. Does it help that the show is set in the stunning Highclere Castle (where the show is filmed)? A real life castle, with hundreds of years of history? Of course it does! In fact, I like to think that the house is a character to the show too, overlooking the family and servants across generations.
Last weekend, I didn’t make the visit to Highclere Castle (although it is on my bucket list), but I did get a chance to visit a similar (yet a bit smaller) country house right here in Wales: Erddig. This home has an amazing history, that actually includes much of the personal stories of the servants themselves. The family actually wrote poetry for their servants, even formal photography. These stories add so much more for visitors like me, swoon worthy!
The even best part? This magical location is literally minutes from my doorstep, even closer than my office in Chester! You can’t beat that, right?
Now, Erddig is a National Trust Property with seasonal hours, so I wanted to visit the house before it goes “under wraps” for conservation during the winter months. When I arrived on the property, I was greeted with a beautiful mix of autumn colors: bright golds, reds and oranges. And let me tell you, this blogger was in high heaven.
One of my favorite things about visiting the interior of Erddig, is getting wonderfully close to so many details of Victorian living. At every turn and corner, you can spy a little detail that is worth photographing (hence my 100+ photos from my 1 hour visit). Imagine deep wood panels, oil paintings, intricate rugs and even toys in the nursery or sheets of music on the piano. Everywhere you turn and look, there is something memorable.
And of course, the rooms are simply divine too…
I know that it sounds silly, but sometimes I feel so lucky to have such a beautiful spot less than 10 minutes from home! Each time I stroll through either the gardens or the home at Erddig, I really feel like I am experiencing an episode of Downton Abbey!
If you are heading to North Wales or Chester area as part of travels within the UK, I would recommend a visit to Erddig. It is perfect day out, no matter the time of year. For more information on Erddig, check out the National Trust website.