Here's how we spend our day...
We started off by exploring the inside of the Hunting Lodge which simply oozes elegance with breathtaking ornamental detail throughout. Even without the additional decoration in place for the day's wedding showcase the interiors are exceptionally grand.
Split into the Banqueting Hall, Duke's and Duchess Hall each room is filled with amazing detail and craftsmanship that simply does not exist anymore. From paintings and cornice work to chandeliers and furniture the whole building exudes extravagance.
|Elegant Interiors of the Hunting Lodge|
Despite Chatelherault Country Park being a staple day out for my family when I was growing up, this is actually the first time I have even seen inside the house and it did not disappoint. (Unless you're looking for a slightly bigger wedding venue but I feel that is our somewhat niche viewpoint at present).
|The outside gardens|
After a thorough nosy of the Hunting Lodge we turned our attention back to the park itself and embarked on our weekend wanders through the ground. Without having much of a plan other than a walk in the sunshine we headed off on the mass of trails.
After a while we pick the Duke's Monument as a destination point but for no particular reason other than it appear to be the somewhat flatter option ad we looking for a gentle Sunday activity.
Our final destination of the Duke's Monument is actually a right on the edge of the park borders but was a nice little spot and a good turning point for the walk.
The monument is a little hidden in the trees but easily to spot if you stay on the path long enough. It's definitely worth having a closer look at the Duke's Monument, with inscriptions, coats of arms and a very well preserved wooden ceiling all worth noting. After a good wander round and taking in the view from the near by scenic point, which was a little overgrown but still a nice spot, we made our way back home, stopping for another look at the Hunting Lodge on the way out.
|Chatelherault Hunting Lodge|
All in all a lovely afternoon spent in Chatelherault Country Park with the added bonus of getting to see the inside of the Hunting Lodge - something we'd certainly recommend seeing if you get the chance. The park also benefits from shorter walks, children's play areas and a museum as well so plenty to keep most entertained for an afternoon if not a full day if your feeling adventurous.