So we ventured down into Somerset in our 50 shades of black (once upon a time gleaming white) Fiat 500 to explore Stourhead, a "Palladian mansion and world-famous landscape garden". Now February isn't normally the best time for National Trust properties as they are often closed for winter, or undergoing essential maintenance work, but this was possibly one of my favourite visits I've ever experienced! The gardens were utterly amazing, but more importantly, there was a pub!
Whilst the National Trust cafes are very nice (and you can get a hearty 'Cheese Tea'), they really don't hit the spot the same way a pub lunch does after (or in this case before) a good walk in the cold.
Each building was beautifully created and in between each one there were also hidden archways and passageways made of stones which jut out looking like skulls. Along the same themes as this was my favourite spot - the Grotto! I didn't take any pictures, but the Grotto was incredible. Inside the carefully crafted stone archways leading up to it, was a cavern of beautiful sculptures, water features and viewpoints out to the lake. Definitely worth a gander.
And as well as all the architecture, there were the cutest ducks, grebes and snowdrops out everywhere, and we even saw a huge bird of prey which looked like a hawk of some kind, swooping through the trees.
Do you have any favourite days out? If so please let me know about them in the comments below - I'm always after new places to visit!