I’ve wanted to spend time exploring Osterley Park for ages but we’ve never quite made it. down to West London to make that happen. But when we were asked to review an aparthotel in Brentford, I realised that we would be staying so close it would be really silly not to visit. So that’s what we did on Sunday and we arrived just after the grounds opened at 10am.
When you arrive at Osterley Park it’s quite amazing that this sprawling estate is so close to the M4 and the hustle and bustle of city life. It’s a real gem and somewhere we fell in love with instantly. Once you filter out the motorway noise, it really is a beautiful place to spend time, and we had the added bonus that the bluebells were in full bloom too.
The house itself doesn’t open until 12, and is free flow. There were tours available earlier, but we were eager to explore.
You walk along the Garden Lake towards the house and we knew instantly that we were going to enjoy our time exploring Osterley Park.
There’s such a sense of beauty to the place and as we walked around the lake path the house itself came into view, wow.
The sweeping staircase at the back of the house was just too tempting, and my son was eager to pose as lord of the manor. The red coat comes in handy to spot him at times.
To the rear of the house there is a circular walk around the grounds, with views across the Great Meadow. We’d timed our visit perfectly to see the bluebells in all their glory and the flower gardens were starting to show dashes of colour too.
My son has decided that he quite enjoys taking his own close-ups of the flowers and is now giving me a run for my money.
We discovered the Garden House and admired the lemon trees inside, but my son had been told about a Play Trail and he was eager to find it.
Which of course meant it wasn’t long before he’d found a stick or two to join his adventure.
He raced off ahead eager to see where the pathway would lead in search of den building opportunities.
Whilst I got to enjoy the views across the meadow.
We discovered the Temple of Pan which reminded us so much of our happy place at Stowe.
The Play Trail is wonderful and well worth a visit if you are spending time exploring Osterley Park. There’s lots of tree stumps to climb and jump over, a few rope swings to enjoy and of course a lovely den building area too. My son was in his element and because we were there quite early in the day, he got to enjoy the trail to himself for a while which he loved even more.
It’s a great area for imaginations to run wild and for kids to just enjoy being in a natural environment. My son would have been happy to stay there all day.
But I did want to see inside the house so we eventually persuaded him to complete his den and move on. In the servants hall we found a spinning top game that he enjoyed playing. There’s a bit of a knack to it but he didn’t mind whether he knocked one skittle down or lots of them, it was nice to try something new.
The house itself is really ornate and we enjoyed exploring the various rooms available to view.
In front of the house there are more grounds to explore, with a large parkland area, the Middle Lake and even a cycle track. We also noticed that you could hire bikes too, if only we could persuade my son to get on one!
We all agreed that we’d had a great time exploring Osterley Park and it’s somewhere we’d return to again in the future. My son got his passport stamped and it was time to head home.
Have you been to Osterley Park?