The last time I was at Charlecote was my first date with Dapper. We met in the nearby village of Wellesbourne on the green, and he drove us to Charlecote House. It was a lovely location for a first date, lovely surroundings and a delicious afternoon tea in the orangery. I remember he bought me daffodils, my favourite flower, from the garden shop as we left – making the date utterly perfect from my perspective!
This repeat trip was in celebration of Aysu’s birthday, with a delicious lunch in the afore-mentioned orangery followed by a meander around the house and grounds. Last time we visited I was astounded by the books in the library and completely failed to note the furniture or the garden, both of which are quite beautiful!
I also knew nothing of the Lucys, whose family home Charlecote is. I have since read Mary Elizabeth Lucy’s memoirs – a wonderful collection for anyone who has ever read Austen and wondered what attending a ball at the assembly rooms or being presented at St James’ Court was truly like!
(For more on this I recommend this web page, from the Jane Austen centre.)
Base outfit: as worn last Monday.
Coat: Debenhams; shoes: Ness; belt: vintage via charity shop; brolly: Matalan