Inspiration

Sledmere House, nr. Driffield

The charming Sledmere House has been captivating visitors for over 200 years. Whether it’s for a relaxing amble around the stunning gardens, a look at the fine art and architecture, or simply enjoying a delicious lunch in the Terrace Café, there’s plenty to enjoy.

Originally built in the 1700’s, the house itself was carefully restored after being destroyed by a fire in 1911. Fortunately most of the contents were rescued and are still on display today, and the house has a uniquely Edwardian-Georgian aesthetic. It is worth a visit just to see the splendour of Joseph Rose’s plasterwork and the fine examples of furniture by Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton.

The Wagoners’ Museum, which sits in the entrance to Sledmere House, tells the story of the Wagoners’ Special Reserve with photographs, papers, memorabilia and a medal collection. Men from this unit became some of the first to go abroad in the First World War, driving the horse drawn wagons with supplies of food, fodder and ammunition for the frontline.

Outside, the Spotty Pig adventure play area is full of fantastic equipment that all ages can play on to their hearts content, including a zip wire, tree house and scramble nets. In the historic stables – in constant use since 1780 – visitors can see the Sledmere Shires which still carry out their duties around the grounds.

Sledmere Farm Park is home to a range of farm animals including a small flock of Leicester Longwool sheep, a range of rare breed chickens, Peggy and Peppa the pigs, and Geoffrey, Gracie and Gertie the cheeky Golden Guernsey goats.

Address: Sledmere House, Sledmere, Driffield YO25 3XG
Admission: For House, grounds, stables and Spotty Pig Adventure Play - £5.50 children, £12.50 adults
Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday: 10am–5pm
Website: www.sledmerehouse.com
Phone: 01377 236637
More: Yorkshire.com