Today I'd like to share with you the remainder of the pictures from Kentwell Hall.
One of the most striking aspects of the property is the feeling that it hasn't been restored and curated to within an inch of it's life. There is a much gentler approach to it's ongoing development and restoration, due I suspect to lack of funds, so when visiting you get a real sense of place.
Parts of the house are presented as they would have been in Tudor times, others left as they had been in the Victorian era, and some are 20th century. The overall feel is that the family now living there, who if I remember correctly moved in during the '70s, are doing their absolute best at restoring and maintaining the house and gardens. It is clear that they are struggling but that doesn't impact on the visitor experience in a negative way.
The outbuildings to the Manor include an ancient dairy and a brew house. All of the extended dwellings felt spookily very lived in. See if you can spot the dead mouse in one of the pics.
The site also houses the most delightful 1940s inspired tea room. Don't worry the pic above wasn't taken in there. ( Dead mouse bottom right). It was an absolute treat to sit sipping my Earl Grey whilst listening to some Ella Fitzgerald. Watching the chooks nosey around was a bonus for me too. I'm strange that way. The best though was my up close and personal experience with one of the two resident peacocks. He clearly wasn't as excited as me.
Finally some pics of the strange and wonderfully carved petrified tree that rests at the back of the house. It reminded me of my favourite Enid Blyton book 'The Folk of the Faraway Tree'.