National Trust Baddesley Clinton

Simply captivating!

Tuesday 21st May

NT members Coach fare £19 per person
Non-NT members Entrance & Coach fare £30 per person
9:15-9:30am departure, leaving for home at 4pm

This house is simply captivating: a moated, intimate manor, set within the heart of the ancient Forest
of Arden, eight miles from Warwick. Most of the existing building was built by Henry Ferrers, a
lawyer, diarist and antiquarian, in the late 16th century. The house is packed with history – it was a
sanctuary for persecuted Roman Catholics who fled here, secreted amongst its many hiding places,
from priest-hunters determined to track them down. You can still see a priest-hole in the floor of
the kitchen, one of the ingenious hidden crannies designed by Nicholas Owen, a specialist in their
creation.
There are lovely gardens, too, including woodlands, a walk round the lake, and a new vegetable area.
Indeed, the restaurant uses many of the manor’s own vegetables in soups and meals; plus you’ve got
the usual NT shop, and a very well-stocked second-hand bookshop (no, Katie; we’ve got more than
enough already).
As a bonus, you might see the Lady in Grey – sometimes carrying a candle – or something ghostly in
the library, where watering-cans have been known to be overturned. (No, we’ve no idea why there
would be watering cans in the library, either.) Alternatively, there are plenty of stewards around to
answer questions.