Today was quite magical. It is the end of the third week of October, the sun is shining, the sky is blue and it is warm. The outside was calling, after all you have to take advantage of anything above 10 degrees in October. I headed for Felbrigg Hall. It is probably my most favourite place to visit, in any season, but Autumn is especially wonderful
The House itself is owned by The National Trust and woods are free to enter all year around, subject to a parking fee of £2.00 (free if you are a NT member) You never see many folk in the woods, it is peaceful and the wildlife I saw today was amazing. Squirrels hunting and clambering about in the trees, Jays, Woodpeckers and all manner of birdlife carousing in the trees, mushrooms and toadstools poking up from the leaf mould, a deer here and there peeking shyly out from the dying bracken. It was all just very magical.
The trees around the house are quite dark, yews and firs. They look quite menacing to my over active brain today. A bit like entering Narnia before the house comes into view through the trees. They give way to the more soft and rustling beeches, just starting to turn a russet brown which will soon turn to the magnificent copper and fiery hues of late autumn. I wondered who C L was, they carved their initials into one of the beech trees in 1959
The Hall itself is not huge, it is a manageable size house, one you could almost imagine living in yourself. Being always curious of doors marked private I booked myself into the Cellars and Attics tour, which was fascinating. At one point you could peer up at the people walking in the state rooms through the cracks in the floorboards, the dust falling into your eyes. What an exciting place to be! The attics had a bit more sinister secret to tell. One of the bedrooms was decorated in a rather vivid green printed wallpaper. It was said that the two occupants of the room, spinster sisters of the owner, developed a terrible illness and subsequently died. It was later discovered the wallpaper was printed using arsenic! The attics house all manner of boxes and cupboards. I wanted to open all of them! Redundant taxidermy, trunks with clothing in, and countless paintings and old photographs. It is currently being sifted through. Who knows what treasures they might unearth.
The Orangery outside is again a very tranquil place with evidence of passed prized specimens. At the moment there is a large model of the hall, it looks decidedly haunting!
Last pitstop before heading the the tea room was the second hand book shop. Not as vast as the one at Blickling Hall but equally as fascinating. I bought three books including a wonderfully illustrated first edition on London for £1!
I would throughly recommend you visit the Hall, there is also a perfect walled garden, which really comes into its own in the spring time.