January 2013

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The house is closed now until early March, when we'll certainly be going back to see the period interiors with Chippendale furniture made specially for Nostell, 18th century doll's house and fine art collections; but in the meantime, the 300 acres of parkland and lakeside walks amply justify a visit in themselves, as you can see from the pictures below. And there's a very nice gift-shop and tea-room in the stable block, which is open even when the house isn't! (See the National Trust website or Nostell Priory Facebook page details for opening times and off-season events).

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The Stable Block, with gift-shop and tea-room Aconite, a charming and rarely-seen winter flower The bridge over a lake made very turbid by all the rain
and run-off from the fields