A couple of weeks ago we returned to Dunham Massey, this time to explore the hall (which has reopened after its winter closure) and the garden. The hall, the main family home of the Earls of Stamford, originates from 1616 but was remodelled in both the eighteenth and early twentieth centuries. The family were quite an intriguing bunch. The 7th Earl married a former bareback circus rider. The last Earl seems to have been a bit of a hoarder and stipulated that all the hall’s contents had to be kept by the National Trust. The interiors have been well preserved and you get to access areas you don’t often get to see in such places, including the massive double height kitchen. After touring indoors, we meandered around the winter garden and found plenty of signs that spring was finally on its way.