Sunday, 2 April 2017

Tredegar House

One of the things I love about the National Trust is that they promote conservation in action.  This means that you still get to see the buildings that haven't been fully restored yet, or in the case of 17th Century Tredegar House, have a missing roof and are wrapped in plastic like a giant present!  We unintentionally timed our visit to coincide with the first day the house was open after the winter, a free entry day, and the school's half-term break.  You can imagine just how busy it was.

Tredegar House

Tredegar House

Tredegar House

It took us a lap of the house to find the tea room; we'd been charity shopping and I was desperate for a cuppa.  In the end my husband asked someone who led us through the house as it was quicker than going back around.  Suitably refreshed, we tackled the house.  Many of the rooms are panelled, with huge paintings in big gilt frames.  It feels very grand indeed.

Tredegar House

Tredegar House

Tredegar House

Tredegar House

Tredegar House
I love a dressing up box, and this one was particularly fun.  I pushed the small children out of the way and grabbed a rather lovely picture hat.

Tredegar House
An electric corset sounds dangerous, don't you think?!

It was a reasonably fine day so I wore my Heyday grey trousers, black and white brogues, and cosy layers for warmth.  We had a lovely stroll around the parkland before heading off.  It was a little muddy in places but it was nice to see the Spring flowers popping out.

Tredegar House

Tredegar House

Tredegar House

Tredegar House
Trousers: Heyday
Brogues: Clarks
Coat: F&F from car boot sale
Beret: Accessorize
Neckscarf: Chronically Vintage
Gloves: M&S, from charity shop

During the week, visitors are given the opportunity to climb the scaffolding and see all of the work being done to repair the winter water damage.  A leaking roof meant 50 gallons of rainwater burst through the ceilings.  We'll definitely pop back for a scaffold climb!  It will be interesting to see how the work progresses over the next few months.

Do you mind visiting places when there's work in progress?  Or do you prefer to wait until it's all finished and restored?

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13 comments:

  1. Wow what an amazing place and your look is spot on

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  2. Oh crikey no to climbing scaffolding! I like the idea but not the practice... I'm kinda jealous you can throw on swing trousers and look amazing; they must be cosy as well as practical, which is what you need in this country. You were surely their best dressed visitor! Xx

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    1. There was actually a man dressed in tails, though I think he worked there, so I may still be able to claim the 'visitor' category ;)

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  3. Wow what a wonderful place to visit, I wish we had these huge historical mansions where I live in Aus to go and visit and look around at. I love your outfit too with those swing trousers and beret! xo

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    1. Trade you a mansion for some sunshine?!

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  4. We love looking over historic houses but I don't think I would venture up scaffolding!

    I love your outfit - I would like some swing trousers but they somehow don't suit me

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  5. What a grand looking house. I love the servants' bells (I always photograph them too) and the dressing up box. I would definitely have tried on that bonnet and hat too. with my vertigo, you would never get me to climb that scaffolding though. I'd rather try out the electric corset ;-) xxx

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  6. This is why we shall always have England - what a magnificent building! And you look dressed to perfection for the tour. xox

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  7. I love it when you get to see the restorations at first hand. Jon keeps saying we should hand our place over to the National Trust and get them to do ours.
    Tredegar looks fabulous, truly grand. The servants bells are wonderful as are those sumptuous gilt frames.
    Had to laugh at you elbowing the brats out of the way to get to the dressing up box, that's my kind of behaviour!
    Your outfit looks marvellously glam! xxx

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  8. Cute look! I love the wide legged trousers on you, and the brogues are a great touch, while still being fairly practical.
    I feel like in America there is no way that any place would allow, much less encourage, visitors to climb the scaffolding! I would totally be down to do it, though - it would be so cool to actually see the kind of work that goes into restoring a gorgeous old place like this.

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  9. I'm intrigued by the Cedar Room. Was it panelled in cedar wood? That'd be one way to deal with a moth problem - when the National Trust / English Heritage moth problem hit the news today, I thought, "Ah, at least it's not just me!"

    Restoration/conservation is fascinating. Nothing lasts forever, but the process of trying to make things last as long as possible is interesting.

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  10. That Cedar Room sounds great. Your photos are lovely. You always wear retro clothes beautifully. The coat and cloche are so pretty!


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