Posted on | May 4, 2011 | 6 Comments |
The headless ghost of Ann Boleyn anybody?
Blickling Hall was one of the first place we visited when we went to Norfolk. Years ago the Boleyn family owned this estate (although it was a different house — the current house was built on top of the Boleyn’s home) but today it is owned by the National Trust. I don’t know how many NT properties we’ve visited but I have to tell you, if you’re like us, Americans in the UK, I highly recommend getting a pass. While anybody can purchase yearly passes via the National Trust, Americans can purchase theirs through the Royal Oak Foundation. Price wise it’s not much cheaper but it is a tax deduction if that’s important to you.
While touring, we learned that this home is a great example of a Jacobean architecture. It’s more less an early 17th century style — a 400 some years old home!! One of the volunteers told me also that a lot of these type mansions were used for Jane Austen types of movies.
We did a bit of walking in the park and the house. I wish I had more time or live closer because the estate is huge, over 4,500 acres!! We did make the most of our time and got a few snap shots:
I took the photo above because there was something interesting about the 17th century homes. If you look closely there are many Chinese pieces in this room. I asked one of the volunteers if maybe the previous owner(s) did business in China. The volunteer told me that Chinese decor was very popular during a particular time (sorry, can’t remember when exactly). So to be in style, home owners would have at least one Chinese room, usually the bedroom. This was my favorite room in this house. It was near the library too!!
Then came this room. Check out the ceiling (and M trying to get a photo of it too). While I LOVE the pattern, I wasn’t (still isn’t) quite sure of the pointy part. What do you think? I do love the sitting area though, I thought it was pretty comfy!
I was picturing myself drinking tea here he he…
Here’s the same room from another angle.
NOTE: Places like this can be either boring or restricting for somebody like the example above. This was Jovie after I pulled her out off the rug. Not only was she on the rug she was also trying to pull the divider down.
The library’s HUGE!! There was a musician playing some sort of musical instrument too. I have no idea what! Very cool though!!!
This room’s a tad bit dark but I want to show you the tapestries that were hung in many of the walls. Very pretty!!
Last but not least, a photo of the outside. The little lake next to the house.
Hope you enjoyed the little tour! Have a great one and happy Wednesday!!