Baddesley Clinton

A Moated Manor House

Date: 28th August. Yet another great day out at a National Trust property. This time it was Baddesley Clinton, on our way back from the Greenbelt Festival.  Arriving at the car park with our 30 foot Motorhome plus 15 foot trailer there were no height barriers or sucking of teeth here. The extremely friendly volunteer looking after the car park walked us up to the coach area and slotted us in so we could even put out the slide outs. That’s three out of the last three NT properties where they have been more than welcoming (see Calke Abbey and Wallington House and Gardens).

We were just in time for a cracking lunch from the on site restaurant which is one of the reasons these properties make such an ideal place to break your journey, get a cup of teak or a meal, take in the gardens and be off again. As a member it is just exceptional value for parking.

We had intended to just have lunch and a walk round the gardens but it really was so interesting we had to take a look inside as well. The property dates back to 1250 and has a fascinating history, some of which we learned from a volunteer guide (thank you Pat Ellis) as we walked round the four sides of this moated property. The walking tour is highly recommended.

Quick cup of tea and then into the house where every room had another volunteer eager to tell you more of the history of the house with its priest holes and amazing architecture which has been so much changed over the centuries. I guarantee you will be captivated by the bridge entrance and the beautiful court yard garden.

Finally, the obligatory visit to the shop where we didn’t come away empty handed – do we ever?
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