An Easter Egg Hunt at Antony

“I want to go on an Easter Egg hunt Mummy!”  Says T.  So of we went to Antony, a lovely 18th Century Mansion, home to the Carew Pole family and also a National Trust Property.  It’s also known as the place where Tim Burton filmed his movie “Alice in Wonderland” starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen of Hearts and Mia Wasikowska as the curious Alice.

We’ve never been to Antony, that’s the reason why we chose to come here instead, even though we knew Lanhydrock which is closer to where we live had a similar activity.  But we’ve been there so many times, we wanted to go to somewhere different this time.

Little T and her dad registering for the Easter Egg hunt.

I have memories of going on Easter egg hunts with my brother and I loved it as a child, although we didn’t have chocolate eggs.  But I still remember the excitement of it all.

When we arrived, there was already a long queue to the property, families with little children who were all excited to do the easter egg trail.

The children had to look for 14 eggs, once they’ve found the first one, it had clues which would lead to the next egg and they also had to answer some easy questions.

 And here’s little T filling up her sheet with the help of her dad.

The problem though is that Antony had such lovely gardens and each nook and cranny were filled with lovely trees that would distract all the kids from the easter egg trail.

Like this “Fairy tree” that had “magical voices”, it took ages for us to convince little T to leave the tree.  Only to be distracted again by …

a game of croquet with her dad.

And then we saw the loveliest tree with the most amazing branches, the kind childhood dreams are made of.  By the time we got to it, there were children riding each branch and loving every single minute of it.  I don’t blame them.  I wanted to climb the tree too!

And of course, little T also had to have a go.

It wasn’t just the children who were happily roaming around the garden.  Even the adults were impressed by the lovely Magnolia trees and flowers.

I really loved the trees that were made to grow on the wall.  Here’s a pear tree, amazing isn’t it?

And there was a story chair …

And a fairy-tale bench.

And finally the trail was over … thank goodness for that, because little T was getting a bit exhausted.

But she did it and was so proud of herself!

Here she is presenting her answers and then she was asked to choose her Easter egg which of course she devoured right away.  This was her third chocolate egg of the day and as I type this I can spy four more eggs on our shelves.

It was a lovely Easter Sunday.  We wanted to go back in the house and explore the garden more, but we didn’t have much time since my husband was cooking an Easter dinner and we also had a close friend coming over, so instead we headed home. But we’re definitely coming back!

What about you?

How was your Easter sunday?

Did you also go on an Easter egg hunt?


  1. Oh Antony is beautiful isn’t it! I’ve not been since I was in my teens but it’s a lovely house and a stunning location and those trees are amazing!

    • The gardens are absolutely lovely and the trees are amazing! As mentioned, we didn’t have the chance to explore the house. Perfect reason to go back 😉 x

  2. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    So cute! This weekend my sister and most of her kids came out and we went to a local Easter egg hunt, and I hung out with the 4 year old and ran around with him and remembered how awesome it is to be the mom of a little boy! 🙂 I’m glad y’all had fun!

    • Oh how fun. I love Easter egg hunts, must have reminded you what it was like when Mr. T was four 😉 x

  3. Kel (@MoolBoots)

    Looks like a fantastic place to have an egg hunt #countrykids

  4. North East Family Fun

    We took part in a local NT Easter egg hunt too and loved it – I think they are the perfect way to explore the grounds of some wonderful places. The tree you discovered does indeed look magical and I love the fairies in the trees! #countrykids

    • I know what you mean, it was our first time at Antony, been meaning to visit, but never got around to doing it, till now. So glad we went, even though we didn’t have a chance to explore the house. Another perfect excuse to go back 😉

  5. Coombe Mill

    I saw a pot from here last week and I thought then it looked worth a visit. The trail makes it even more exciting and I love all the distractions along the way. I wonder if I could get fairy music in to my fairy garden? It does sound a magical idea. Lovely photos from a very enjoyable looking Easter Hunt. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

    • The fairy music will be a lovely addition. Actually you could hear what sounded like “fairy voices” in the fairy tree, calling out. It just made it even more special 🙂

  6. Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk)

    What a lovely place! I love the little things too like that ‘fairy on the tree’. Lovely touch.

    I can see the changes in your blog now. It looks cleaner and brighter, perfect way to welcome spring!


    ps. i feel weird that I am talking to you in English today =P

    • Yes, it was indeed lovely and the fairy on the the tree made the whole experience magical! PS. Pwede ka naman mag-comment sa tagalog 😉 x

  7. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    It looks amazing there, so beautiful. And it definitely looks like Little T enjoyed herself! Love the idea of a fairy tree that talks to you 🙂

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