25 August 2017

Kiplin Hall

We’d been out for breakfast in Northallerton and had a quick search online for places to visit nearby.  We decided to head to Kiplin Hall, a Jacobean house built in 1619;  it was about 20 minutes away, and neither of us had been before.  We paid £10 to look round, which included the gardens, lake as well as the hall itself.  Despite it being the middle of summer, the weather wasn’t looking too good so we decided we would walk around the lake first, after first taking a few photos of hedges that were shaped like peacocks.

The walk takes about half an hour; there were lots of geese (who all made their way into the water when we wandered past – good job because I’m scared of them!), a couple of swans and a heron perched on an island in the middle of the lake.  There’s a lovely view of the hall from across the lake which I posed in front of.

Returning from the walk, we looked round the hall. There are 3 floors to look round – my favourite room was the library.  I was convinced I was somehow related to the original owners from the 1600’s because of a same surname and my ancestors being from the area – spoiler: I’m not!

Before we left we made sure to visit the gardens.  There was a new garden museum showing the history of the gardens since the hall was first built.  I love walled gardens and it was filled with roses and beautiful wild flowers.

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