Every September sees the arrival of English Heritage Open Days. With the help of lots of volunteers, English Heritage organise events across the country for you to discover your local history, culture and architecture. And it’s all for free. What’s even better is that these events are usually opening the doors to the unseen, such as Ledston Estate.
Ledston Estate is local to us yet because it is a private estate we have never explored it. Until now.
As you turn up the road to get to the estate you can already sense that it’s going to be grand. The entrance is beautiful and as you drive through the stone gates you are greeted with a beautiful house.
The huge staircase leading up the old entrance is magnificent and really transports you back to the days gone by.
The building is mostly going to ruin now, although a few bits are occupied and there is a small chapel that has a regular weekend service. However, the majority is empty. I always feel it is such a shame when something isn’t showcasing it’s grandeur anymore, like history is slowly slipping away. All those memories within those walls will be forgotten if the building is left to ruin. I find history fascinating so really enjoyed wandering around the grounds. Especially as the building and gardens were so beautiful. I mean even the railings on the stairs were intricately detailed.
We spent ages exploring the gardens which were truly beautiful. It’s such a shame they aren’t open to the public. The kids loved running around the landscaped hedges and finding secret nooks and crannies to explore.
Plus the paths leading into the woods and further afield looked so magical and made me instantly want to put my walking boots on. I think I could have spent the whole day just finding all the hidden treasures this beautiful estate must be hiding.
Luca also had fun setting us all up for a big family photo. Ant pointed out we look like a GAP commercial all wearing denim. Who cares, we had fun.
It would be the perfect place for our annual family picnic if it was open to the public. Unfortunately it isn’t. We will just have to keep our fingers crossed that next years English Heritage Open Days include Ledston Estate and they open their gates once more. If they do we will make sure we are ready and make a day of it.