The grounds of this country estate are a stunning mix of parkland and maintained gardens. There are plenty of deer roaming free and they tend to mooch quite close so children are usually transfixed!
A moat surrounding the early Georgian house is full of ducks and swans to feed, whilst nearby, rabbits hop around. There are no steep hills and the wide paths make ideal pushchair terrain.
There’s a designated picnic area close to the entrance by the main car park which is improved by its proximity to the The Log Pile – a recent addition where you’ll find fallen trees and stumps to climb on. During the summer holidays there are den-making materials and a rope swing. We enjoyed tucking into our packed lunch whilst the children played for well over an hour stacking logs, making a fern canopy and simply messing about.
If you haven’t brought a picnic, the self-service restaurant in the converted stables does great home-cooked food, lunch boxes for kids, and baby food. There’s a large separate room just off the main dining area specifically aimed at families with highchairs and toys.
The house is well worth a look. There are front-carrying baby slings and hip-carrying infant seats available for loan. The gardens are good for all ages as there is space to roll around, a fabulous evergreen tree whose branches sweep the ground, as well as quiz sheets to take round with you. Check out the sawmill too, the giant waterwheel has been restored to full working order.
2014 sees the transformation of Dunham into Stamford Military Hospital. To mark the Centenary of the First World War – Dunham will tell the story of the convalescent hospital that treated 282 soldiers in the hall between 1917 and 1919. It promises to be a very different experience.
Also newly opened is the visitor centre, reception area, large shop and café with indoor and outside seating. It’s a super design and a great enhancement.Check website for up-to-date information on seasonal dates, opening times and prices. Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 4SJ Tel: 0161 941 1025 nationaltrust.org.uk