On my first trip to Charlecote in the snow last year, I arrived just as they had decided to close the park for safety but I did manage to take a few photo through the fence and the gate. I will add them at the bottom of this blog for you to see. I must have been totally mad as it was snowing at the time but ..oh well, it was Christmas and seeing the deer in the snow made it all the more special.
I have a few photos for you today and they are of my walk around the estate including West Park. Some of the photos are a little gritty as they were not all taken on my main camera and at times it was snowing quite a lot. I hope you will still enjoy this walk with me. My children and husband were home with a bug of some sort so I photographed my complete walk so that I could show them when I got home. This is one of the reasons I get to share them with you today. There are many photos but it was a long lovely walk in crisp fresh snow :) If you would have seen me there, you would have thought I was a little mad walking around smiling and making footprints in the snow, that or an overgrown child. Maybe I am a little of both :)
I started my walk in West Park as I love the view of the house from there, you will need to click on some of these to make them bigger to be able to see them properly.
This was such a lovely walk and to feel like I was the only one there was really nice, it was like the park was open just for me. The first visitors I saw were just as I was leaving back up to the main gate.
A few deer in this distance, so wish I had my big lens back then!
It was a lovely walk up through the avenue of trees towards the back arched gate.
Heading back to the main park
My favourite view of the house, I need a bench just there so I can sit and take in the view, not for you lot, just for me :)
The snow was deeper than it looked, still only deer hoof prints scattered around as I headed back towards the little stone bridge.
It's a shame my photos don't give you a little of what it felt like to be there, it really is something to see Charlecote in the snow, so beautiful.
Heading over the stone bridge back towards the house.
And of course the House.
Thought it was time to go to the Orangery for a cuppa but I was distracted on the way by these sculptures.
Charlecote often have new things like this in their garden and around the estate.
I thought these looked really good, very different to anything I had seen before.
The little house, have you looked through the windows of this place? I love it, the detail's are amazing.
Time for a hot coffee and a bowl of thick warm soup in the Orangery,just what was needed on such a day :)
On we go heading towards the lake in the main part of the estate.
Heading towards the lake
Look at that, just beautiful clean white snow with just the odd deer print here and there, all mine :) I just love it! Can't wait to see it again like this.
I really like this photo
It's not until I put all these photos together like this that you can appreciate how big and lovely this estate is. Maybe now you can realise why I like to escape here. It's just outside town but feels so far away from it. Perfect!
The lake with Charlecote's Church in the background.
Tyre tracks in the snow.
Through the gate and now heading back towards the house, via the river.
A quick look in the formal garden at the back of the house, more sculptures here too :)
snow makes everything look so different.
These next photos were taken through the gate as the park was closed. I didn't have my big lens then but I still like these photos, finished the tour off well I think.
This was funny, I watched a buck reach for a branch of a tree, watch as he does this ..
Of course letting go of anything covered in snow has it's consequences :)
Time to go home.