Packwood is well known for it's topiary garden which is breathtaking in the spring when the daffodils are up and the house and gardens look their best. Tradition has it that Charles II was given refreshment at Packwood after the defeat of his armies at Worcester in 1651. The property was donated to the National Trust in 1941 by Mr Graham Baron Ash in memory of his parents. The Ash family had spent many years restoring the property.
This really is an impressive property as a walk down the Long Gallery and through the Great Hall will reveal. What is often not known is that the Long Gallery was only built in 1931 to join up the Great Hall to the rest of the house. Some of the wonderful tapestries come from nearby Baddesley Clinton and several pieces of oak furniture date back to the sixteenth century.
Whilst the beauty of the house is impressive the garden is positively breathtaking and is what makes Packwood House so famous. The Yew Garden is entered by raised steps and a wrought iron gate. The garden slopes upwards and an avenue of trees lead the walker to a raised path which circles upwards and round until you reach a wooden seat beneath a yew tree from where you can admire the garden and its tranquility from a raised vangage point. Packwood House has a cafeteria, parking, a lake and plenty of countryside for a walk. Only two miles away is the National Trust property of Baddesley Clinton.
Packwood House, Lapworth, Solihull, B94 6AT. Tel: 01564 783294
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