Baddesley Clinton is a 15th century moated manor house, located just north of Warwick and was owned by the Ferrers family for 500 years. Now in the care of the National Trust, it is full of furniture and fittings dating back to the late 1500s.
After the Reformation the family appeared to have remained Catholic. At huge risk to themselves they welcomed Catholic priests into their home. They had priest holes built into the house in order to hide the priests when the the authorities came searching for them, including one which was accessed through the shaft from the old garderobe (toilet) into the sewers of the house!
The tour of the house was fascinating and the guides helpful and friendly. The Hands on the Past character actors did a magnificent job and gave visitors a feel of what it would have been like to live there during the Tudor period.
Outside, the moat surrounding the house was full of fish basking in the sunshine, as well as a mother duck and her ducklings. There is a lovely lakeside walk, a wildflower meadow (mainly grasses at the time of our visit), vegetable garden and beautiful ornamental walled garden with a thatched summer house.
Here are some photos – please click on the first to enlarge, then you can click through all in turn.
One side of the walled garden was planted up with dahlias, so this is going to look amazing in late summer.
There are all the usual National Trust amenities – cafe, plant sales and second hand book stall to browse around.
I would recommend a visit to Baddesley Clinton and would certainly go again.
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