Baddesley Clinton

Rising Ln, Badesley, Clinton, Warwickshire B93 0DQ

This picturesque medieval moated house that was home to the Ferrers family for 500 years is a must to visit. Walk around this atmospheric timber-framed home and see the wonderful interiors that reflect the heyday in the Elizabethan era. When you are there, and try and find the three priest holes!

Sit back and relax in the Great Hall with its impressive fireplace, then head to the kitchen that is more than just a place to cook and bake.

You will discover how generations of the Ferrers family lived in isolated splendour within its moat, as well as learning about priest hunters. You will also see the hidden life of a Victorian artist and the watercolours of Rebecca Dering. While you are there gaze out of the mullioned windows onto the courtyard which is bedecked with beautiful flowers.

Take a stroll through the delightful walled garden with brightly coloured flowers, stewponds and a romantic lake. You can even see carp in the moat waters. There is also a nature trail through the woodland you can enjoy at your leisure.

While you wander through the estate look out for the Badger’s Dell, the Medieval quarry and the majestic 18th century oak trees. You could also take a walk to the nearby Rowington Church, along the ‘Heart of England Way’.

A family day out here is guaranteed to be fun as children can enjoy the ‘Playful Journey’ natural trail around the estate. They can also find their way around a winding maze, go pond dipping, build a den from branches and twigs and play on the balance beams. And if it’s a windy day, they could bring a kite and fly it on the lawn.

Afterwards all the activities, you could have a well-earned picnic on the front lawn or grassy areas and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. But if you’ve forgotten your picnic, you can pick up some sandwiches and snack boxes from the Barn restaurant.

Baddesley Clinton makes a great family day out come rain or shine.

Costs: National Trust members have free entry.