Built in the early 1700's, Seaton Delaval Hall is a stunning house set in beautiful grounds and landscaped gardens. In 2008, the site was bought by the National Trust after Lord Hasting's death. The trust has worked hard over the last few years to restore the hall to it's former glory and work is still on-going.
Our first stop was the hall itself which a friendly guide informed us was the location of many a good party. The high ceilings, spiral staircases and ornate statues are really quite breathtaking.
We were interested to learn about the bat's that inhabit the hall - although we didn't spot any today.
I love this photo - it reminds me of we're going on a bear hunt
This beautiful weeping willow tree is 300 years old
We explored the rose garden next which is kind of like a mini maze too. I was surprised to see so many flowers still in bloom.
Harry looking for frogs in the pond
We were invited to have a peek inside the estate's private chapel. We loved the stained glass windows.
We had a quick forage around the woods to see what we could find - we were lucky to find one left over conker and of course Jack found a stick (he intended to use it to fight off any ghost's!)
We found a beautiful spot to take some photograph's - Heidi is the only one of my children who really co-operates when I'm taking photo's, in fact she's a pro! She loves posing for the camera - I hope this is always the case! I know I am biased but I really think she could be a model.
Steve and I then had a seat while the kids rolled down hills and generally ran about playing hide and seek in the formal gardens.
Then we ended our day via the natural play area on our way back to the car.
We spent a lovely few hours at Seaton Delaval Hall and it was lovely to see my children having such fun that didn't include youtube, minecraft or watching TV! We have decided to revisit the hall in the Winter months and see how it compares to today.
Opening times vary so do check Seaton Delaval Hall's website before setting off, entry is £6 per adult, £3 for children (non-gift aid) or free if you are National Trust members. There are usually free craft activities every Sunday, again check website for details.