Spent a lovely day at Wightwick Manor then lunch at the excellent Mermaid Inn.
|The Mermaid Inn at Wightwick|
Wightwick is one of my favourite national trust houses. It feels as if the owners and staff will be back any minute while you are walking around.
A stunning late Victorian manor house, built in the ‘Old English’ style by local industrialist Theodore Mander, Wightwick Manor is perhaps the best surviving example of a home furnished under the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement. The rich interiors feature many original wallpapers, fabrics and furnishings by William Morris, artwork by Rossetti and Burne-Jones, glass by Charles Kempe and ceramics by William de Morgan. The house sits in seven hectares (seventeen acres) of attractive Arts and Crafts gardens, designed by Thomas Mawson, which are Grade II listed in their own right.
The beautiful pre-raphaelite painting 'Love among the Ruins' by Burne Jones is here
The chimneys at Wightwick are fascinating, so intricate