If days were measured great by the sites seen and the food consumed today would be “Excellent”.

We planned to have a drive around Warwickshire, taking in a couple National Trust properties as we are currently interested in properties we have not seen before.

We were up with the larks and following a breakfast of English muffins we made our way up the M1.

Our first port of call was Baddesley Clinton which is an atmospheric house which from the 15th century. It was full of priests holes and stories of murder and ghosts. The moated house was modest in size and had a fantastic garden full of wildfowl and numerous specimens.

Actually our first port of call was the tea room where I enjoyed a cheese scone and some tea – Richard preferred filter coffee and a flapjack ;0) This was walked off whilst wandering around the grounds only to be supplemented with a hearty lunch of leek and potato soup (for me) and salad (for Richard).

A very short drive lead us to another trust property – Packwood House. It was a stark contrast to Baddesley but just as interesting. The house itself was very interesting to wander around, packed full of oddities picked up on a world tour in the early 1900’s. The house dates from the 16th Century and features a wonderfully Alice in Wonderland-esque topiary garden.

We were very lucky to be serenaded by a chaffinch and I managed to get a fab shot of him mid song (I love the zoom on my Lumix camera!)

As we were in the area we decided to drive to Warwick – a place neither of us knew very much about. Arriving in Warwick it felt like we wouldn’t learn much either as most of the place looked closed.

There are grand roads of Georgian houses, a very grand church (although no cathedral as we had expected) and of course the castle. The castle which is owned by the Tussauds group which seems to the disgust of the locals. Whilst photographing the castle tower over the wall we were informed of ways to get in whilst saving money or how to get the best shots of the castle without even paying to visit (drop me a line if you want to know how!)

After an hour or two we decided to stop for dinner and made our way to Prezzo (one of my favourite high street chains). As ever the food was excellent and we returned home fat and full.

A truly wonderful day out. especially when we didn’t plan very much. Amazingly it’s all within 90 minutes drive of us too. We must visit again soon.

As usual many more photos are available on my Flickr page

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