Anglesey Abbey is a National Trust House set in spectacular grounds. I visited during February when the main attraction is the snowdrops.
In the photo below the snowdrops peep through a carpet of golden aconites.
Anglesey started life as a hospital in the 12th century. By the 13th century it had been converted into an Augustinian priory until it was dissolved by Henry VIII in the 16th century. The 1st Lord Fairhaven purchased and restored the estate in the 20th century and upon his death it was passed to the National Trust.
The Winter Garden was opened in November 1998 as a celebration of the birth of the 1st Lord Fairhaven some 100 years previously.
You can see why some people call snowdrops upside down hearts.
There are lots of cute pop up coffee shops dotted around.
It was lovely to see signs of Spring against the bright blue sky on a crisp Winter’s day.
Lode Mill is an 18th century water-powered mill restored by Lord Fairhaven in the early 20th century.
The low Winter sun cast the most pretty shadows over the building.
My final stop was the house which reflects Lord Fairhaven’s love of collecting beautiful things.
To find out more about Anglesey Abbey visit The National Trust website.