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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Washington Old Hall - A National Trust Hidden Gem

We always try and participate in a Cadburys/National Trust egg hunt over Easter as it is a fantastic way to involve the kids and see parts of a site you wouldn't normally see. We have joined in with the egg hunts at Seaton Delaval Hall for the last few years and although brilliant fancied a change. After a little bit of research I discovered Washington Old Hall which was only a 30 minute drive from our home in Northumberland and somewhere I hadn't visited before.

There is ample free parking on the street outside of the hall. We parked up and decided to pay £1.50 each to join in with the egg hunt around the hall's gardens.

The garden's are beautiful and a joy to explore - we will definitely return in the Summer with a picnic. There is plenty of room for children to run about plus lots of little corners to quietly sit which is nice. The garden is a real haven for wildlife too with beehives, bird hides, ponds and various flowers growing in the grounds.

We managed to solve all of the clues and were rewarded with a large bag of Cadbury's chocolate buttons. Yum!

It turns out that exploring gardens all morning had allowed us to build up quite an appetite. I wandered into the on-site tearoom to order some cake and drinks however when I was in the queue I just could not resist ordering afternoon tea for only £6 per person including drinks! National trust are renowned for their fabulous cakes and £6 for three sandwiches, a freshly baked scone (ours were fresh from the oven) with jam and clotted cream, a slice of homemade cake plus a hot drink was a bargain. We ordered two between to five of us - £12 for lunch between 5 is a bargain! Our tea was beautiful too, even more so as it was joined in the sunshine.

We had been in the sunshine for a good few hours by this point and decided it was time to explore the house and hall. I have been lucky enough to walk around a fair few national trust houses and although this one is small, it is perfectly formed and one of the better ones we've been to. I like that there is nobody to tell you not to touch anything and the house has been restored to it's former glory meaning you really feel as if you are walking around history. It's fascinating to learn about President George Washington's ancestors who lived at this home - I had no idea we had such a significant link to the first President of the United States.

Entry to Washington Old Hall is free for National Trust members or £14.50 per family. Visit their website for opening times, special events and specific prices:- 

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  1. Oooooooooh that afternoon tea does look good! I'd never have thought of doing afternoon tea at National Trust but next time I'm at a property I'll make sure to take a look! I think on our last visit I was just too distracted by the chocolate scones!

  2. What a lovely place, the inside looks so atmospheric. That tea looks amazing and really great value

  3. It looks like you had a lovely day out. I think i will be going on an Easter egg hunt like this with my little one's when they are a bit older xx

  4. I really need NT membership! It amazes me how many NT properties there are, this looks like a great day out x

  5. That afternoon tea looks amazing. We do love the NT too, looks like you had a great day out #CountryKids

  6. I love the Cadbury Easter Egg hunts across the National Trust properties this year, such a great way to engage the kids in the lovely old houses and their gardens, this one looks magnificent in the Easter sunshine and how wonderful does that tea look! Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.


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