A day in Blenheim Palace
Now more than ever, we need some local inspiration. With travel abroad being highly restricted, exploring one’s backyard has become more and more attractive and exciting . This got me reminiscing about the time I got to have a fun and fabulous day trip, to Blenheim palace with the lovely Penhaligon’s.
Here is a quick overview of how to get there and what to do, once you arrive on the grounds. A UNESCO heritage site since 1987, this palace comes with its own whirlwind of controversy. If its beauty wasn’t enough to sway you for a visit, the goss may just do it.
A few fun facts for about blenheim palace:
- It is the only country house in the UK that holds the statute of ‘palace’ while not being royal or episcopal
- It is called ‘The real Downtown Abbey’
- Rumor has it that Henry II used to meet his mistress in the palace. Building a secret web of labyrinths for them to use, not to get caught. Unfortunately, his wife did indeed catch them.
- Winston Churchill was born there, and proposed to his wife to be, there again
- The palace was converted into a hospital during WWI
- The 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough still live there and you can see them around the grounds if you pop by
- Dior had their 1950 fashion show there, to also return in 2016
Once you get to Blenheim Palace, you will be greeted with its beautiful grounds and luxurious, baroque facade. Apparently, it is a bit like marmite – you either love it or hate it. I do love baroque architecture, so I was definitely in love.
Enjoy a fabulous afternoon tea in the alfresco dining restaurant – The Orangery. It is a beautiful setting, overlooking a rose garden (when in season) and a side of the palace. It doesn’t get more British than that to be honest.
To top the experience, you can also try the signature Blenheim Bouquet perfume by Penhaligon’s.
As dry and fresh as the best gin – or the best of British humour. Lemon, black pepper and pine. This eau de toilette was first created for the Duke of Marlborough, and by jove it shows.
You can buy your ticket to visit the palace here, as well as read up on all the new and improved safety measures taken to keep visitors safe.