A few weeks ago, when this sunshine and high 20s weather was still a complete novelty, we were determined to make the most of it and be outside for just about as long as humanly possible.
We headed for Benthall Hall. Relatively local to me, we got the chance to wander around the gardens and the hall (although it was soooo warm and I forgot to take any photos inside), and I'd certainly recommend it as one of the quieter National Trust venues around Shropshire.
I had serious garden envy. The attention to detail was superb and there was even a little plant sale happening. I'm sad that I don't currently have anywhere to tend to plants. Cannot wait until I live with a garden again.
I had to look up what "trowman" was and can understand why only one would have been needed in a parish which was surrounded by land....
Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and weekends during the summer months and with free parking for NT members (there's a fairly big car park and although their machines haven't yet been upgraded to those which scan your membership cards, you can leave your card in the window if you're parking there and heading off for a walk first, like we did. Also note: sometimes the tea room closes earlier than advertised, depending on visitor numbers.
I'm always looking for new places to visit and explore, so if you have any (preferably Midlands, but I'm happy to travel..) suggestions, holler.