Wednesday, 9 October 2013

making the most of the indian summer

I am loving the Indian summer that we have had lately. I have been trying to make the most of it by visiting outdoor places that won't have the same feel as winter approaches! This lovely place is called Sutton Scarsdale Hall and we are very lucky as it is only a few miles up the road.

In its day this was a beautiful Georgian mansion, built between 1724 and 1729, believed to have been the fourth or fifth hall built here. The original hall was part of a Saxon estate and was mentioned in the Doomsday book 

It has a very calming and tranquil feel about it, somehow managing to keep it's grandeur even though it has been roofless since 1919.

This shows the back of the house with it's grand columns. I can just imagine how magnificent it was!

When I come here, I can sit for hours at a time enjoying this stunning view. It's perfect for a picnic and a lovely area to chill and read.

How fabulous is the front! It's stands so well, even though it is now a ruin.

Here I am inside what was once a dining room. When I am there I like to close my eyes and visualise what it would have looked like all those years ago.

The church dates back from the 13th century and is one of the oldest in Britain. While we were there, the bells were ringing and there was a service on, it was magical.

You can just see remnants of the fireplaces in two of the rooms. The house was set for demolition in 1946 but it was saved by one day to stop the dismantling of the stonework.

The house was stripped of all its furniture and some sold to Hollywood for film sets. Most of its rooms were sold off as architectural salvage. This pine panelled room is now in a library in California. Three other room interiors are displayed at the Museum of Art in Philadelphia. 

It's spectacular location on the hillside makes it more prominent. Fantastic!

If you go at the weekend, the church serves a lovely afternoon tea. A lovely place to unwind, relax and imagine how the other half lived!

I'm wearing:
H&M dress - wardrobe
Topshop leggings
Topshop sandals - last seen here
H&M sunglasses - wardrobe
Miss Selfridge bag - wardrobe
Name necklace - birthday gift

Have a lovely Wednesday


  1. Looks beautiful, would have been wonderful in it's day x

    1. It's spectacular isn't it! Their everyday view must have been amazing :-)

  2. It does look beautiful but that Indian summer is a distant memory now.

    1. It certainly is! We have been lucky with the weather but that gorgeous autumn sun has disappeared hasn't it! Miserable rain!! :-)

  3. Such an interesting history that house has! I think partly it's a shame it went to ruin but otherwise it's a cool spot to enjoy the views and that front really held up so well. Maya - Archistas

    1. It is a shame it went to ruin, I would have loved to have been able to see what it used to be like. :-)

  4. What an interesting place! Beautiful photos too. xx
    PS: Fab sandals.

    1. It really is lovely here; a little piece of paradise :-) xx