Packwood House has been in existence since the 1600s, but its interiors were updated in the 1920s and 30s by Graham Baron Ash. He was attempting to bring back the house’s original style. He had an architect create a long gallery in order to connect the old part of the house with the great hall which he had constructed.
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In the house is a collection of 16th century textiles, wall panelling, and 16th and 17th century furniture have been retained. On the first floor are bedrooms named after stories connecting Packwood and its collection to people famous in history.
In the grounds are a walled flower garden, borders, a kitchen garden, and a yew garden. The yew garden is supposed to represent the Sermon on the Mount from the Christian Bible. Some of the trees were planted in the 1650s. A lakeside walk makes for a pleasant addition.
Lapworth, Solihull (by Baddesley Clinton House), 2 miles east of Hockley Heath
Warwickshire, West Midlands
Tel. 01564 783 294
Open: house, garden, cafe, shop and park, year round, Tue-Sun and some Mondays, except 25/26 Dec.; times vary, check National Trust website for current ones
National Trust property; shop; plant sales; parking; café; special events; introductory talks; picnics welcome
Photos courtesy Geograph Britain and Ireland as follows:
Packwood House view by Neil Macneil;
Packwood House ornamental pond by David Stowell;
Packwood House walled garden by David Martin; and
Packwood House topiary by JThomas