Report of Visit to Elton Hall

Report of Visit to Elton Hall

Nottingham Arts Society Trip to Elton Hall and Gardens
Peterborough


On June 3rd 2024 a full coach of fifty members of the Nottingham branch of the
Arts Society set off for a day trip to Elton Hall and Gardens, situated just outside
Peterborough.


We were spared rain (which given recent weather seemed a genuine blessing)
and had the most enjoyable and informative day. The hall and gardens are still
owned by the Proby family and the development of the estate felt very much a
family affair.


We were welcomed with coffee and freshly baked scones, jam and cream (served
in the adjoining garden centre cafe) after which we enjoyed a fascinating tour of
the house given by well-informed guides. Highlights included an extensive
collection of paintings by Joshua Reynolds, as well as works by Gainsborough,
Constable and Millais. Other highlights included the small intimate family chapel
and three well stocked libraries.


After a soup and sandwich lunch the afternoon was spent exploring the stunning
and beautifully designed gardens. Although not extensive, their truly gorgeous
colour palette of whites, blues and purples made an immediate impact. The
variety and layout of the gardens included a number of fine features and intimate
spaces: clipped hedges, topiary, water features and a stunning piece of
contemporary sculpture. There was also a delightful orangery and a small shell
grotto.


The trip was a great success owing in no small part to the efficiency and quality
of the service provided by the Events Manager, Vivienne, and Wayne the chef at
the Mulberry Café.


For those Societies within a reasonable distance I would strongly recommend
Elton House and Gardens as a suitable venue for an enjoyable Arts Society trip.

Liz Holden - Outings Secretary

Photos of the day can be seen at Elton Hall photos

 

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Date published: Sun 23rd Jun 2024

Updated: Mon 24th Jun 2024