A NATIONAL Trust mansion house and parkland near Malvern has extended its opening hours.
Staff at Croome Court have decided to take the unusual step and open the historic house during the winter in a bid to boost visitor numbers and promote the tourist attraction throughout the cold season.
The mansion, which is normally closed during most of the winter, now will only close on Tuesdays meaning visitors have more opportunities to take a look around the historical surroundings.
Lucy Hadley, house conservation and engagement officer, said: “We have decided this year and in the future to open Croome Court six days a week to really drive the business during the winter months and provide our visitors with a great day out every day, no matter the season.
“We normally close the house for the most part in the winter but we’re really trying to encourage people to come out and have a walk in the autumnal parkland which is open every day and also warm up in the house which will now be only closed on Tuesdays.”
The team at Croome has also just started their winter clean in the house so visitors can see the conservation team carrying out essential works as part of its £6 million pound restoration project.
“This is an ideal time of the year to enjoy some fantastic winter walks at Croome too,” Lucy added.
“A walk to the outer eye-catchers is particularly stunning this time of year and you can round it all off with a spot of Christmas shopping in our shop and a hot lunch in our restaurant.”
The parkland and lakeside is open every day throughout the winter (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) from 10am. The house is open Wednesday to Monday every week – 12pm to 3pm on weekdays and 11am to 4pm on weekends.
For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome or call 01905 371006.