Hardwick Estate: Stainsby Mill – National Trust

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April, 2019

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We stopped off at Stainsby Mill on the way to Hardwick Hall. There has been a mill at that site on the Hardwick Estate for hundreds of years. The friendly and enthusiastic volunteer guides were in costume. We were treated to a guided tour, which gave us an insight into the process from growing wheat in the fields to putting flour in the bags. We bought a bag of freshly milled flour before continuing up the road to the Hall.

The contrast between the tiny mill house and the grandness of the Hall was palpable. The Elizabethan building was architecturally amazing considering how old it is – built in 1590. The large glazed windows, elaborate decor, ornate plasterwork, carved woodwork, Flemish tapestries, embroideries, inlaid furniture, paintings and ceramics were awe inspiring. Everything was collected by one of the richest women of the time Bess of Hardwick.

The delightful gardens were bursting with vibrant colour and fragrance when we visted at Eastertime. Also, of course, no visit to a National Trust property would be complete without taking the time to enjoy a cuppa. So, we sat down and relished some excellent freshly baked scones in the Great Barn Restaurant.


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