We normally have Leo and Rosie here on a Tuesday but as it was Rachel's birthday, they decided to take the day off work and have a family day together so we had an unexpected Tuesday to ourselves. We didn't get off scot free though, there was an evening of babysitting instead while Rachel and James went out for a meal.
So, what to do with a day off? We decided to go to Anglesey Abbey, a National Trust property about 35 miles from us. Nothing at all to do with Anglesey the Welsh island which is about 300 miles from us!
It really is a lovely place and with much history stretching back almost 900 years. Originally built as a hospital in 1135, it became a priory in 1236 until the dissolution of monasteries by Henry VIII. It became a private house in 1609 and has had many owners and alterations. The last owners, Lord Fairhaven and his brother bequeathed the house and gardens to the National Trust in 1966.
The gardens are extensive and exceptionally well maintained. So varied too, with woodland walks and many styles of gardens and amazing statues.
It is certainly a place to come back to and we have decided that we will definitely return in the autumn when the trees are changing colour, it will look wonderful. The house itself was not open to the public until September, so that is another reason to return!