Saturday, 7 July 2012

National Trust Erddig Estate

I have been on my first working holiday this week at Erddig a National Trust Estate in Wrexham Wales. I stayed at the Yale Hostel on the estate and spent the week helping in the educational centre  based on the estate. The hostel had 3 dorms sleeping 8, 2, and 4. A lounge, kitchen and large dining area. It had a very pretty garden and plenty of parking. It could have done with a washing machine and a TV that worked but the large open fire was a bonus. 
Next time I am going to take the family as the family holidays sound interesting. The National Trust is great for days out and we already go to the Ashridge Estate and Dunstable Downs. At the educational centre you not only support the visitors but learn so much about recycling and lowering your carbon footprint. The holidays are also excellent value for money.

Create a Meadow in your garden



The National Trust Estates do so much to support our environment that I am now a convert to leaving part of a garden to turn into a flower meadow. This supports wildlife like butterflies and birds and looks lovely when the wildflowers grow. If you haven`t got a garden the window boxes still attact butterflies and provide a haven for bees to gather their honey. 



Yale Hostel Garden











Some pictures additional photos are on the pinterest link below.
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The Erddig Manor House gives a unique picture of life below stairs and Erddig was known for its care of its servants. Light airy rooms and pictures of staff do justify this claim as well as many poems written by family members. The house passed to the Trust when the last of the two Yorke brothers died. The house contains all the original furniture and the gardens are stunning.








There is a pretty outdoor tea-room and an indoor resturant, a shop and secondhand bookstore. Shire horses with gleaming coats graze in the fields and wild flowers run riot through the grounds.The estate has impressive walks and birds peep out from the trees. It is a lovely place to visit and although we had flood warnings during my stay as the rain raised the river to dangerous levels I enjoyed my week.

 I will certainly go on a National Trust working holiday again and hope the sun pays a visit next time.


Erddig House