Baddesley Clinton is a 15th century moated house preserved almost intact since 1633. Entry over the moat leads to an inner courtyard. Here seven diamond shaped beds are laid out and filled with flowers in the family heraldic colours of red and yellow. The Ferrers family lived here for 500 years. The house has 16th century armorial glass by Henry Ferrers.
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Of special interest are two priests' holes. As the house was a secret hide-away for Catholics, they served to hide the priests from persecution. A Catholic chapel was created in one of the rooms in Victorian times. On the walls are mid 18th century embossed leather hangings. In the library there is a supposed blood stain on the floor resulting from the murder of a local priest in the 15th century.
In Victorian times the house served as a home to two couples who were interested in the arts and collected a number of paintings which are on display. The great hall is noted for its fireplace chimney piece complete with coat of arms.
In the grounds a lake and yew garden are attractions as are the fish-pools dating from the mid 1400s, and a great pool with a walk around it that leads to a wild flower meadow. A walled garden has a thatched summer house and long borders. Also on the premises is a nut grove.
A couple of hundred feet away and not part of the property as such is the ancient village church which is open for visitors to see.
The restaurant serves produce from the vegetable garden on the premises.
Rising Lane, Baddesley Clinton
North-west of Warwick, off the A4177 and A141
Warwickshire, West Midlands
Tel. 0 1564 783 294
Open: house, grounds, shop and restaurant: 2nd week Feb-end Oct, Wed-Sun, first 3 weeks April, first week June, last week July-1st week Sep, last week Oct, daily, 11am-5pm; house: also Christmas week, Wed-Sun, 11am-4pm (by timed ticket on the day); grounds, shop and restaurant also, Nov-3rd week Dec, Wed-Sun, 11am-4pm
National Trust property; shop; restaurant; parking; special events; second-hand bookshop; Packwood House is two miles away so plan to visit both.
Photos and text © by Barbara Ballard