A Visit to Wrest Park

It’s been a while since we’ve used our English Heritage membership, but when we visited my in-laws over the half-term break, we finally had the chance to use it.

Wrest Park is a lovely Grade II listed country home in Silsoe Bedfordshire.  The facade actually reminded me a bit of Napoleon’s ostentatious Château de Compiègne in France which we visited a couple of years ago, although of course, not as grand and garish, the gardens though is equally beautiful.

Since it was half-term break, we took little T’s cousin K with us so they could spend more time together.

The girls were not as impressed with the staircase as they were with the painting on the ceiling.

The sitting room, although they really should’ve called this the cherubim room, since you could find them in every corner.  I’m not a big fan of these chubby little angels, so I zoned out when the guide started pointing them out to the girls.  Surprisingly, T turned out to be disinterested in them too.

I found the Victorian conservatory really interesting though, too bad it wasn’t open to the public.

During World War II, Wrest Park was used as a convalescent home for injured soldiers.  I can imagine this was one of the rooms used for their patients.  Can you imagine recuperating in a room with such big windows and lovely views from outside?

The girls of course were itching to go outside.  It was a lovely day and almost felt like Spring has come and so we decided that the day was too beautiful to spend it indoors.

The grounds did not disappoint …

So much to see and do.

After walking for at least an hour, we decided it was time for some lunch at the cafe via the orangery.

The girls went wild inside the empty orangery, running around and shrieking like loonies …

I laughed when I saw these two statues on the facade of building.  They look like they were actually holding their heads as if they have a headache.  I don’t blame them, the girls shrill voices must have done that to them.

It was fun though.

Do visit Wrest Park if you’re in the area.

It’s so worth it.


  1. It looks so much fun to dash around in an empty orangerie!
    I love houses like this; they’re fabulous. I always wish I had the opportunity to live in one. How wonderful it would be to wake up to a view like that and such great big windows. Houses these days are pretty rubbish!
    Thanks for sharing your day out. I enjoyed your pictures!


    • Thank you! Yes, it was definitely a beautiful house. But it’s actually the grounds I fell in love with. Just so much walking around to do 🙂

  2. I have never been in England before. But I will go there in this year. This place looks fascinating to me. I would love to go there. What a beautiful photography. Mind blowing! Thanks Dean:)

  3. Coombe Mill

    What a fab time for the girls, I bet they loved being able to explore Wrest Park together. Cousins really are the best of friends aren’t they? It’s lovely to see T and K exploring the grounds together. The grounds are just beautiful with all those bridges and long straight paths, I bet the girls never wanted to leave.

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

  4. Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One

    It’s stunning there isn’t it. We went when it was reopened and really need to go back again at some point. Looks like you all had a great time too #CountryKids
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    • It’s certainly a beautiful and grand country home isn’t it? Imagine living in it! 🙂

  5. Lauren Moseley

    Wrest Park is another place on my list, it’s not too far and looks amazing! The grounds look beautiful, we’ll have to go and explore #CountryKids

  6. Karen (Stopping At Two)

    I absolutely love this! What an amazing looking place. I would have loved to have explored that conservatory too.

    • Too bad the conservatory was off limits to visitors. Maybe it will be open next time 😉

  7. Cheryl | TimeToCraft

    What an impressive building. Great fun to share it with a cousin too. I love days out like this one. I can just imagine the din in the Orangery. I wonder why the statues were carved like that in the first place. #CountryKids
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  8. What a beautiful place. When I was in hospital it overlooked the car park. The wounded soldiers sure were treated to luxury. #CountryKids

  9. Mudpie fridays

    We visited not so long ago but didn’t get to go inside with the buggy. I so wish we had managed it as it looks lovely. I think we will definitely visit again next time we are in the area. Beautiful photos #CountryKids
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