George the Collie reviews National Trust Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton.

Another Wolverhampton historic gem.


https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wightwick-manor-and-gardens

Set in the outskirts of the city, Wightwick Manor is another 'blink and you miss it' National Trust site that has a lot going for it.

Ample parking leads you to the entrance where the staff are very welcoming and informative – handing out maps and details to assist your visit.

From here you head to the house itself which, probably by design, just pops out from behind beautifully manicured hedgerows.

Built in the Arts & Crafts style in 1887 by the local Mander industrialist family, Wightwick Manor is a relatively 'new' property compared to a lot of National Trust sites.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wightwick_Manor

The house itself was built in two main sections, the second finished in 1897, and was fully furnished and decorated in a style drawing heavily on the influence of William Morris

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Morris

There are formal gardens and orchards to amble around and a lovely, if short, woodland walk leading to some very picturesque seating areas overlooking duck ponds.

The 'Great Parlour' is a beautiful space with stunning glass and an interior that has to be seen to take it all in.

With the standard coffee shop and site shop, Wightwick Manir has everything you could want for a quick day out.
A lovely site in a lovely location and definitely worth the admission.

TV shows me how I’ve become my parents.

You win or you die.

This is about Game of Thrones. The TV show, not the books.

When I was younger, very young, I remember my parents watching shows on TV that seemed to go on forever.

They were serious shows, Shogun, Tenko – not much in the way of humour.

I didn’t like them. I didn’t want to watch them but we only had one TV, with 3 channels so for me it was that or nothing.

Anyway, 35 years later and Game of Thrones season 7 starts and I’m excited.


It’s not funny, it has serious story lines but I’m hooked by now.

I have a little deja-vu moment and realise who/where I am but, y’know, I can live with it. 😊

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_of_Thrones

George the Collie reviews National Trust Long Mynd.

Natural Glory……


Long Mynd is a geological beauty.

Carved out (probably) by glacial activity thousands of years ago, we’re left with the wreckage – and it’s stunning.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Mynd


We parked up at Cardingmill Valley where the National Trust site is. 

There is plenty of parking, an information centre and tea room which is very well equipped.

From here you can make use of the readily available information sheets for easy, medium and hard walks in the area or you can strike out in your own – which is what we did. 


An hour and a half later, three tough miles and one picnic consumed, we returned to the centre for an ice cream.

We were blessed with beautiful weather today but I honestly think you’d love this place regardless.

Even with the car park full once we were off walking, there was hardly anyone else around.

Amazing views, routes and great facilities make this a must visit. 

George the Collie reviews – National Trust Moseley Old Hall

A local National Trust site, small but friendly.


Situated just outside Wolverhampton, Moseley Old Hall is somewhere I have been past many times but never got around to visiting.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moseley_Old_Hall

Described as ‘An atmospheric Elizabethan farmhouse that saved a King’ I did a bit of digging before visiting finding that it had been used as a hiding place for the retreating King at the end of the English Civil War and includes a ‘Priest Hole’ actually used by the King to avoid his pursuers.

Being a dog, I’m not allowed in the house itself so have to be content with the outside and what an outside to enjoy! 

The (recreated) 17th century gardens are quite small but in keeping with the house itself, extending around three sides to include a seating area for picnics.

There are facilities on site, a souvenir ship, second hand book shop, plant sale area and a little tea room (which boasts the best scones in the world), but we just brought our own little picnic and coffee.

As you wander around the grounds there is a ‘Kings Walk’ through the tree to a tree house and pond.


It is a lot smaller than some better know. National Trust sites but this is reflected in entry price for non-members being smaller.

All in all, a nice little venue which is easy to visit just off J2 M54 (it can be noisy in parts as it is next door)

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/moseley-old-hall/

George the Collie reviews – National Trust Croome 

A National Trust day trip gem.

Set in beautiful Worcestershire, Croome was secret wartime airbase which has been turned into a lovely place to visit.

We went in a group, with my friends, Elsa, Pip and Bob.

Dogs are welcome in the gardens and grounds but not in the house so we had a good run out there instead.


Only allowed in the gardens? Not a problem when you have garden designed by ‘Capability’ Brown – his first commission.

The restored parkland is a joy to walk around and, having been designed so well it has an interesting layout with some great views.


On the day we visited, in between sporadic showers that had us darting for cover, we took advantage of the deckchairs set out around the lake, positioned to take in the best views whilst waiting for our picnic to turn up! 


Overall, a lovely site to visit, my first visit to a National Trust location, and one I’ll look to return to. After I’ve had a rest!


Well worth a visit. 🐾🐶❤️