Finding that we had some time to spare on the way home from Ambleside, we consulted an out-of-date National Trust Handbook and decided to make a detour to Wray Castle.
We were glad that we did. It is in a beautiful location, reminiscent of Muncaster Castle with panoramic views from the front. Inside there are over 50 rooms, not all of which are open to the public. The servants’ quarters are only open to guided tours. We arrived in time for one of these. The story of Wray Castle is one where truth is stranger than fiction. Or as the saying goes, “You couldn’t make it up!”
Like Allan Bank at Grasmere, Wray Castle a property, where visitors may make themselves at home. There are surprises in many of the rooms to delight children of all ages and the young at heart.
Much of the original oak-panelling was removed before the National Trust acquired the castle, leaving bare walls, which lend themselves to murals of various kinds. The bottom centre photo (captioned Illusion) shows examples.
Outside the grounds are huge, including a five-mile stretch of the shore of Windermere. We did not have time to explore the grounds at all and intend to return at the earliest opportunity to do some walking there.