28 November 2016

Autumn Walks At Bramall Hall

Bramall Hall

Location: Bramall Hall, Bramhall, Cheshire

Bramall Hall is a Tudor Manor house situated in Stockport, Cheshire. Not too far from where I live, I have fond memories of visiting this incredible building as a kid; during the summer to play and eat ice cream and in the winter; when Santa Claus would usually make an appearance. Thanks to a £1.6 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Hall has been restored and is at its finest, with rooms opened up that were once not allowed to be seen by the public. Wanting to spend my Sunday enjoying an autumnal walk, I headed to Bramall park to enjoy the leafy scenery and see the improved hall as it is prepared for Christmas.

Autumn at Bramhall Park
Autumn at Bramhall Park
Autumn at Bramhall Park
Autumn at Bramhall Park

Autumn Walks
Autumn, for me, is such an incredible time of year because everything looks so damn DRAMATIC. I love wandering through crunchy leaves, taking in all of the beautiful colours and staring up at the bare branches entwining each other above. Bramhall park is such a beautiful spot to come to during this season because everything looks so crisp and atmospheric, but if you're looking for something to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon, grab your boots and head to anywhere that has lots of trees. It's so ridiculously therapeutic, especially at this time of year.

Autumn at Bramhall Park
 Serious Narnia vibes 
Autumn at Bramhall Hall
Autumn at Bramhall Hall

Bramhall Park
As a kid, I loved coming to Bramhall park in the winter to sledge and play, so to come back as an adult felt really nostalgic. The park has 70 acres to explore, with fantastic pine trees scattered around and lots of lakes to walk by and feed the ducks and geese. The hall stands proudly on a hill, and there's facilities and a cafe so you can really fill up your day there. Walking around the grounds was lovely, but I was curious to see what awaited me inside having not visited the Hall since I was little!

Bramhall Hall
The Drawing Room
The Drawing Room
Boudoir
Brushes
Bed & Crib
Bramall Hall

Bramall Hall
The word Bramall is actually mentioned in the doomsday book, and this is where it takes its name from. The place, however, is called Bramhall, and this might be because those that settled here took Bramall Hall and joined it. Stockport Council obtained the Hall back in the 1930's and decided to keep the original name, so that is why you'll see two different spellings - not an error of mine! The Tudor hall features many Victorian additions, as a new family inherited it during the Victorian period and wanted to put their own stamp on the place, however, they kept the original Tudor features. There're many rooms to have a peek in, including the Chapel, the Grand Hall and the servant's quarters, as well as portraits of the Davenport family who originally owned this grand building. I loved venturing up the little staircases, admiring the amazing architecture and learning about who once inhabited here and the lives that they led. The hall is also a really lovely place to visit in the run up to Christmas, feeling very cozy and already preparing for the festive activities this December.

The Kitchen
The Kitchen
The Kitchen
The Kitchen
The Kitchen
The Kitchen
The Kitchen
Dining

Autumn walks really refresh the soul and visiting the Hall felt very cozy. If you're looking for something to do one lazy Sunday like I was, definitely see what's nearby to visit and you might even learn a few new things. Bramall Hall is open Tuesday - Sunday and costs a small fee for a ticket inside - find out more here.

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