Packwood Lane, Lapworth, Warwickshire, B94 6AT
Packwood House is right next to another NT property, Baddesley Clinton. If you’re travelling from Aylesbury it makes sense to visit both on the same day, as they’re both relatively small places. You don’t have to though, particularly if it’s a nice day, as you could spend several hours at each one individually. It all depends on how long you want to be out for. It’s been a little while since I was last here and so this review isn’t as detailed as normal but I will update it the next time I go.
The car park is on the other side of the road to the house but it is a fairly quiet road. The wider parkland is also on the same side of the road as the car park but I usually go to the house and gardens first.
The house itself was built in the 16th century but has had lots of restoration and changes made since then. There are lots of rooms open, including the long gallery. I seem to remember they also had a sedan chair with a “person” in it that terrified the middle child! If you hear lots knocking in one of the rooms, it’s because there is a hidden door on the outside. Once smallest child had been told this he, of course, had to go and find the door (hence the picture at the top)!
The gardens are a real highlight. The Yew Garden was great – the trees are perfect for playing hide and seek. Because it’s self contained you don’t have to worry about the kids disappearing and it’s a large area so they won’t find each other every 10 seconds. Follow the spiral path for some awesome views. There is also an orchard, traditional games and lots of little nooks to explore.
Make sure you visit the kitchen garden as well. My kids always enjoy looking around all of the things being grown, but there is also a bug hotel and a life size teddy bear’s picnic. It’s a really good garden for the kids to explore and it’s self contained so you don’t have to worry about losing them. A lot of the produce grown here is used in the cafe as well.
The Welly Walk is in the wider park. It’s a brilliant nature trail which has got lots of interesting activities along the way such as music making, stump jumping and the obligatory den building. The first time I visited I didn’t realise this was here, I thought it was “just” parkland so we decided not to explore, which was a real shame as we missed out. The path goes through woodland and I cannot remember if it is pushchair friendly, but it is a family friendly trail so I cannot imagine it being too much of a problem.
They regularly have children’s trails and activities during the holidays. In the past we’ve done trails through the woods and made bats out of spoons (which are still kicking around the house somewhere)
Entry – £33.40 for a family ticket, cheaper in winter. FREE for NT members.
Parking – on-site, free
Toilets – on-site
Food – Picnics welcome, cafe on-site
Rating – 4 / 5. The gardens are the real highlight here.