Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Weekend in England: Ormesby Hall and family dinner!

Cleveland Mounted Police horses at Ormesby Hall
 Saturday we drove up to Ormesby Hall, just south of Middlesbrough.  This 18th century house has a very Queen Anne exterior, but is much more mid century fashionable inside. It has been the home of the Pennyman family for almost 400 years and is only open on weekends.

 The stable block is grander than the house, I think!  It's now the home of the Cleveland Mounted Police.
We weren't allowed to photograph the inside of the house (I suppose because people actually still live here :))  It's a shame because it's a perfect, rather shabby country house in an ideal scale for dolls house reproduction.  It's not a really big house, but has lovely ceilings and some stunning collections.  The attics now house several large model railway displays, which delighted David!  Well worth seeing.

On Sunday David had a bowling lesson at the bowls club, and then we had dinner at Kerry and Steven's where we had another superb meal (with Chris's imported yorkshire puddings :)) and the always-stimulating company of Anna, Eve and their giant dog, Max!

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