Anglesey Abbey, Cambridge

Thursday 15 December 2016

The second day of our stay in Cambridge, we ventured out a little from the city to spend some time at Anglesey Abbey. A priory was first built here as early as the twelfth century, and it was eventually remodelled into a country house (and renamed the 'Abbey' to sound grander!) The current house is the most amazing mishmash of weird and wonderful decoration and objects - Lord Fairhaven, who restored the house in the 1920s, had a pretty eccentric taste! There's the headboard of carved nude cherubs, the vaulted dining hall, the many wall hangings, an entire wing for his painting collection, all the gold... it's all in all a really entertaining and intriguing place to spend an afternoon in. The gardens are also beautiful; we caught the tail end of the beautiful rainbow dahlia display, climbed around inside the Lode Mill, wandered through woods filled with little flowers and sniffed every rose in the rose garden. I think it's about time I invested in a National Trust membership.

FIND ANGLESEY ABBEY AT: Quy Road, Lode, Cambridge, CB25 9EJ

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