Lyme Park
The setting for Lyme Park

Lyme Park in Cheshire is, quite simply, that quintessentially glorious English National Trust property, a short 8 – mile drive from our guesthouse in Buxton and takes no more than 30 minutes from door to door. It has been owned by the Leigh family for just under 600 years

With no less than six centuries of history just waiting to be explored it is merely a matter of deciding where to explore first; visit the interior of the house itself with no less than 5 magnificent rooms to acquaint yourselves with.

Or perhaps survey their stunning antique clock collection that includes Britain’s oldest surviving pendulum clock.

 Visitors may also wish to learn of the Sarum Missal at Lyme, ‘deemed the most important book in the National Trust.’ Printed by William Caxton in Paris in 1487, he was the first to establish a printing press at Westminster. Caxton is known for having printed such texts as Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’.  The Sarum Missal has been in possession of the Leigh family from 1503, until its sale to the National Trust in 2008.

And then of course there are the gardens and orangery to visit too.

The formal garden at Lyme Park
Lyme Park garden
The orangery fountain

With over 1400 acres of ancient woodland and formal gardens to explore, see several unique habitats that a range of wildlife like to call home, there is plenty of room to roam and to enjoy its country views.

Explore the rooms at Lyme Park

The Drawing Room

The drawing room at Lyme is ‘the best preserved of the older Elizabethan House’ according to the National Trust. With its deep oak panelling and Medieval stained-glass windows, it’s a magnificent room to admire.

The Stag Parlour

Whilst a smaller room, its significance to history certainly isn’t. It houses four 19th century chairs that bear the monogram CR of Charles 1st. The National Trust at Lyme describes the fabric for the upholstered chairs as having ‘been taken from the cloak worn by Charles 1 on the scaffold’. With James II removed from the throne in 1688, Peter Leigh and other local landowners formed the Cheshire Club to discuss re-instating the Stuart King. It was in the Stag Parlour that their first meeting was held.

The Knight’s Bedroom

It is said that Mary Queen of Scots slept here. The National Trust regales the story that during one of the restorations of this room a skeleton was found lying in a cavity beneath the floorboards and this room is now said to experience ghostly apparitions.

The Long Gallery

The gallery was used by the Leigh family originally as a display of their  great wealth. It was later used by the 2nd Lady Newton as a theatre where family performances were displayed, together with being used as a room to distribute Christmas presents to the children of their employees.

During the 2nd World War, it became a nursery for evacuee children.

The Library

A firm favourite of visitors, the room has been redecorated and adorned as it would have been in the Victorian era. During its restoration in 2010 fragments of the gold and crimson flock wallpaper was discovered behind the bookcases, which enabled the restoration to create a ‘historically accurate’ depiction of the room which visitors can admire at their leisure. Unusually this room is rope-free; visitors are enticed to have a seat and enjoy the room in all its glory.

There is so much to explore at Lyme Park it really does make a marvellous day out.

On a warm summer’s day, it can also be great to have a picnic and a blanket (we can provide this for you at a small charge) and explore the formal gardens and ancient woodland at your leisure.

For more ideas of other days out and places to visit whilst in the Picturesque Peak District visit our other blogs here.

For more information about Lyme Park visit their website directly here

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