Art Fund – Lyme Park

Art Fund – Lyme Park

If you read this blog regularly (as regularly as I update it atleast – oops), you may remember me mentioning I was gifted an Art Pass by the National Art Fund.

Well, until now I haven’t had much opportunity to use it. I recently had a guest staying at mine, so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to show them Lyme Park, which is practically in my backyard and is also funded impart by the National Art Fund. I am very lucky to live by such a beautiful place but unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to visit in the summer, when the weather was slightly nicer. I do hope to get away to London a couple of times later this year/earlier next, which is full of chances to use my pass! So, naturally, this being Norther England the weather was… shite. To say the least. This lead to some pretty poor picture taking – you can see some photos on my flickr from prior trips (also includes surrounding area), to show just how pretty the place really is.

As we walked in from the gates (you can drive in and park near the house, if you don’t fancy the relatively long walk – there is also a little mini-bus) we came across some red deer. The park was once a hunting ground and the descendants of those deer still live there today.

As it’s rutting season, they were everywhere. Unfortunately, as it was raining later on when we saw the majority of deer, and it was far too misty to get a decent photo.

I didn’t take any photos of the front of the house, but did catch a few of the back where the gardens are.

What’s that? Who’s that in the lake, you say? Well, it’s…

Creepy Darcy! The BBC version of Pride & Prejudice was filmed here, using Lyme as Pemberley, the home of Darcy. It’s the 200th anniversary of the book and to commemorate the event, someone made this Darcy and put him in the lake. Yes, I agree, he’s creepy.

Luckily, the gardens, indoor and out, still had beautiful flowers and floors to distract us from the creepy man in the lake.

After roaming the gardens, we then went into the house itself, where no photos are allowed (due to borrowed art work hanging on the walls).

The house itself was beautiful and is currently setup in the Edwardian style. The guides – there’s one in each room – are very helpful and knowledgable volunteers there to answer any questions you may have. I’ll definitely be returning this winter, despite the weather to have another, longer tour of the house.

And one last photo… just some cute packaging with some lovely illustrations from the National Trust for some biscuits. No, I didn’t buy any – I’d have probably opened them and finished them before I even left.

Thank you to the Art Fund for allowing me this opportunity to explore an area so close to home and I look forward to exploring further afield later in the year!