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There are guided tours of the house interior with National Trust volunteer guides, who will explain the history of the house and the people who lived here - among them a royal embroiderer and a brewer. One of the families that lived at Sunnyside were the Landers, and they seem to have been packrats, never throwing anything away. One of the prize displays at Sunnyside is the Landers' medicine cabinet, originally used as a linen press. This is filled with over 300 bottles of toiletry items, medicines and odd remedies.
The first thing you notice about Sunnycroft is not the house, but the long line of tall wellingtonia tres that line the curving drive, like tall green sentinals. To one side of the drive are the kitchen gardens, and beside tham, the tables. Inside the stables is a small garage with a beautifully preseved 1955 Daimler Regency Mk II automobile. Only 344 of these cars were made, and just 15 still exist. In front of the house is a large croquet lawn, which was being noisily used by a happy group of children when we visited. To the far side of the house are the wonderful listed greenhouses. The white trim of the greenhouses is echoed by the white cast iron trim of the house itself, and makes a pefect period picture.
Then we were free to wander about the house at our own pace. There were volunteer stewars in most rooms, and very good information sheets throughout. By far the most impressive room in the hoiuse was the staircase hall, carpeted in lush red, with wonderfully carved staircase newels and bannisters rioising up to a glassed cupola high above. This has got tobe one of the most impressive Victorisan rooms I've seen in a small English house. Other highlights include gorgeous light fittings throughout the house, some in rococo style.
The house was fitted with an early form of central heating, with extravagantly ornate radiators in most rooms. Everywhere we looked we saw luxurious fittings, from Art Deco door handles to painted friezes. The Landers spared little expense in creating an impressive and opulent home. Yet, for all that, one gets the impression that life at Sunnycroft was not one of idleness. The information sheets had vivide recollections of the Lander children, recalling, among other things, hours spent gathering eggs for market and making preserves with produce from the kitchen garden.
Sunnycroft is not a stately home; it is a slice of late Victorian life, a look into the comfortable world of a well-to-do Midlands family, and an absolute delight to visit.
Address: 200 Holyhead Road, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire, England, TF1 2DR
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: On the edge of Wellington on the B5061. For satnavs use the postcode TF1 2DP.
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Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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