"The the early 1630s Lodge Park was commissioned by John 'Crump' Dutton [...] to indulge his passion for entertaining and gambling, based on the most ancient of pastimes, deer coursing. [...] Dutton and his distinguished guests would gather on the balcony above the portico and flat roof top to watch the chase, gambling, drinking and observing the skills of various dogs, in their pursuit of the deer."
Information from the National Trust brochure for Lodge Park
"Chastleton is a charming and unaltered example of the kind of manor house which must have adorned a thousand English villages, lived in by families untouched by high office and national events. [...] Until it came to the Trust in 1991, Chastleton had been in the hands of the same family for almost 400 years. Built c.1610-12 for Walter Jones, a successful wool merchant, who bought the estate in 1602 from Robert Catesby, the future Gunpowder Plotter."
Information from "Houses of the National Trust" by Lydia Greeves
I hope you're having a lovely weekend full of sunshine. We've been having great weather for the last couple of days, perfect for appreciating the beautiful English countryside and a couple of NT properties. If you'd like to see more photos of the above 2 properties you can find them here for Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate and here for Chastleton House