We arrived at Little Moreton Hall just before 4pm after spending the afternoon at Biddulph Grange Gardens (I took so many pictures there that I'm still wading through them so a post about our visit will follow - update: here's the Biddulph Grange post), so we knew this would just be a fleeting visit especially as first on our agenda was food. Our first view of this National Trust property was something we weren't prepared for - it really is beautiful and as the NT website says it really doesn't look as if it should still be standing.
Before we entered, across the moat there were more sheep. Which seemed to echo the black and white of the Tudor manor house we were about to visit!
The welcome we received from the NT staff/volunteers was second to none - thank you. We headed straight for food and opted for Mrs Dale's Pantry rather than the Little Tea Room and quickly ordered High Tea as we knew we were pushing it arriving at 3:55pm. We chose a turkey and cranberry sandwich and carrot cake and not once did we feel that we were an inconvenience by arriving so close to last orders at 4pm. The food was delicious too.
Refuelled we headed off to explore the house. In the courtyard there was information about life in Tudor times, including encouraging us to imagine the smells of the age - we didn't have to imagine too much as there was a distinct "country" smell around...
There are some beautiful features:
And the ceiling in the long room (at the top of the building) is amazing, even if the floor was a little uneven!
Outside as well as the moat there's a knot garden, which you can just imagine the Tudor ladies taking walks around and perhaps arranging trysts...
We're sorry we didn't have longer here as it was probably one of the friendliest welcomes we've received at a National Trust property (and usually they're pretty good anyway!), so if you're in the area definitely make time for a visit!