Castle Howard, one of Britain’s finest historic house and home to the Howard family for over 300 years, was an exceptionally well-organised and interesting trip.
Leaving by coach from WVH and negotiating the traffic problems on the York ring roads, 35 interested members from Village Group’s WIs were blown away by the beauty and grandure of this home.
Lavish bedrooms (which are still used) and sumptuous state rooms were admired. Interest in the rebuilding of this mansion following a great fire in 1940, as well as its use as a film location for “Brideshead Revisited”, was apparent.
(photo shows June and Joyce in a lovely bedroom)
There was plenty of time to explore the landscape which was studded with statues, temples, lakes and fountains. Meandering through the walled garden, members were pleased to note that their roses had blackspot, and the lettuce had bolted….just like back home! After this lovely visit it was good to indulge in a cone of Yorkshire Dairy icecream, and reflect on a lovely day out.
(photo shows Jonty, Pat, Sue and Chris in the garden)
Many many thanks must go to the organiser Margaret Halstead (Dutton WI), whose care and precision with her organising ensured a wonderful day to remember.