After becoming members of the National Trust, and only having been to Bodnant Gardens, we woke up this morning with a new adventure in mind. The National Trust website told us dogs were allowed at Erddig House, which looked beautiful, but there was so much more on offer than we expected.
We were told dogs weren't allowed past the courtyard, which meant I had to run ahead for a view of the front of the house which was well worth it.
The kind volunteer in reception told us there were 4 dog walks from Erddig House ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours and gave us a map to explore.
We chose to do part of the red walk and part of the orange walk, purely because we were not dressed appropriately for what we were told may be a muddy walk following heavy rain and wanted to see the 'cup and saucer'.
The 'cup and saucer' was built in 1775 as part of the landscape design but also to lower the brook to prevent erosion. We continued along the orange route through the woods and to the bottom of the garden, a popular photo opportunity accross the lake to the house.
After our lovely walk, our tired pup had a nap in the car whilst we had a look around the gardens of Erddig house. We were shocked at how equally beautiful the back of the house was compared to the front and how much there was to see.
After the house fell into disrepair, it and it's garden were restored to how the family and servants would have remembered it best.
Kids (Or adults) can go wild in the wolf's den: A natural play area with wooden houses, bonfire areas and assault courses.
There are also bee hives to observe, beautiful flowers and a lake with nosy ducks and fish so big they could swollow the ducks whole.
The courtyard has a cute little cafe and ice cream parlour, a shop, old cars and interactive workshops which give an insight to how the house would have been when it was fully operational. If you are a fan like me, the shire horses and donkeys are well worth pushing past the kids to get to.
We will be visiting again, for a view of the house which displays the Yorke familys most prized poseesions and to explore another dog walk. Let me know below if you have been on any of them.