Mother's Day events at Arlington Court
LOOKING to take mum out for a treat? Arlington Court will be opening its doors for a special Mother's Day event this Sunday.
Visitors can enjoy a 30-minute tour of the house or carriage museum. Based on the theme of motherhood, the tour will take in some less known aspects of Arlington's collection.
Arlington Court has a long tradition of strong maternal family ties. The last owner, Miss Rosalie Chichester, took her Christian name from her mother who married a cousin of her first husband just to keep the Chichester family name at Arlington. Further back in history, Jacobite rebel Mary McDonald-Chichester added five daughters and two sons to the family tree. Her husband John was plagued by letters from his own mother offering advice on how the estate should be run and complaining that he didn't write back to her often enough.
"There are interesting connections to be made between our carriages and the Mother's Day theme," said Katy Dainton, carriage museum steward. "For instance, two of the carriages we have in our collection are a type called 'Victoria' named in honour of the then Queen, a mother of nine children as well as the British Empire. We also have a Pony Phaeton that she used around the grounds at Osborne House."
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The gardens will also be open so visitors can take a stroll and look at spring flowers, as well as the new conservatory in the Victorian garden that houses exotic plants from around the world.
In the tearoom, mums can be treated to a two or three course lunch. There is a choice of pâté or soup to start with, chicken wrapped in bacon served with pesto or stuffed peppers with pesto for vegetarians. There is also a choice of fruit crumble or crème brûlée to finish. Afternoon tea will be a selection of dainty sandwiches, cakes and tea; and there is also the option to really spoil mum by indulging in a Champagne tea.
All tours and lunches or teas must be pre-booked. The tours will start on the hour, alternating between the house and carriage museum. Lunches will be served at noon or 1pm and teas at 3 or 4pm. Prices from £16 per adult for a two course lunch and £9 per person for tea. Details: 01271 850296.