As a child, I grew up not too far from Petworth House but have never been there to visit! Not even on a school trip. Astounding!
So, an opportunity arose this week which meant I was able to make time to stop by on my way past.
It's a glorious place - the actual entrance is just north of the town and it's surrounded by a large and expansive park, laid out by Capability Brown in the 1750s. There's a herd of famous white fallow deer, which can sometimes be spotted over the park walls.
|North Gallery - Petworth House|
|The Carved Room - Petworth House|
The park is also a great place to walk around, although I didn't have time to do more than a short circuit up to an impressive stand of chestnut trees, complete with spotted flycatchers, flitting about in the branches.
|Sweet chestnut trees - Petworth Park|
I can highly recommend the Marmalade cake!
Petworth House is closed on Thursday and Friday but special 'behind the scenes' tours run on these days.