April and May are great months in England. Why? Bank holidays, that’s why! The school I went to had no regard for them (philistines), and when I worked for ITV, we had to put a TV show out every day so bye-bye bank holidays as well. They’re still a novelty for me.
So, last bank holiday, my friend – Danners – and I decided to go on an excursion. Yorkshire is a beautiful county, and there are great things to see, if you actually bother to get off your arse. We both live in York, but neither of us had ever been to Beningbrough Hall, which is outrageous considering it’s a mere 15 minutes drive away.
What is Beningbrough and why should you visit? Well, hopefully the pictures will elaborate, but in essence, it’s a lovely Georgian mansion house.
The sun was shining, so we’d thought we’d take a picnic (who doesn’t love a picnic?), but then we were swayed by the tempting offer of afternoon tea at the Hall’s cafe. So leaving Brie, baguette, salad, coleslaw, dips, crisps, olives (you know, just your standard middle class affair. Don’t judge) behind in our fridges, we set off.
The journey was easy, and we were soon following a small and steady stream of cars as we wound our way down the drive. You see (as I’m sure it was designed) the front aspect of the house first, and it’s cracking, especially surrounded by daffodils.
We pottered through the gardens while the weather held out (in England, you have to take what little sun you can get when you can get it. Am I right?). The blossom was out, and the plants were basking in the greenhouse heat – it was idyllic.
The house interior was also lovely, but we couldn’t take photos there sadly, however, we were soon cheered up by sighting the cafe. Afternoon tea was in order (well, we had eschewed a picnic for it, after all).
Finally, before we hit the road home, we stopped off at the farm shop, and stocked up on their giant strawberry meringues. Well, it’d have been rude not to.
All in all, a fab day out, and thoroughly recommended!