Tuesday 22 December 2015

Sconepal Poll Winners 2015

It's that time of the year AGAIN! National Trust properties across the land are on tenterhooks waiting for me to announce my Top National Trust Scone of the Year.

They'll have to wait a bit longer though, because today it's all about the Sconepals. Yes, this year I ran a survey of my fellow National Trust scone aficionados and asked them to vote for their top NT scone of 2015. 

The votes have been pouring in and I can now announce that the Sconepal Poll Winner of 2015 is: 
Speke Hall!

And they deserve it - I managed to make it there myself back in May and I LOVED it. Read about Speke Hall's top-scoring scones.

The other properties in the Sconepals' Top 10 were:
  • Houghton Mill
  • Dunham Massey
  • Dunwich Heath
  • Quarry Bank Mill
  • Anglesey Abbey
  • Rufford Hall
  • Erddig
  • Little Moreton Hall
  • Flatford

I am delighted to say that I've visited seven of these properties and FIVE of them got top marks from me, so clearly we are all aligned on what makes an excellent scone. 

The other properties that got a mention (and castles seemed to do particularly well):
Lyme Park
Bodnant Garden
Canons Ashby
Fountains Abbey
Penrhyn Castle
Polesden Lacey
Treasurers House 
Wimpole Estate
A La Ronde
Barrington Court
Biddulph Grange Garden
Birling Gap
Calke Abbey
Chirk Castle
Claremont Landscape Garden
Coleton Fishacre
Corfe Castle
Croft Castle
Dyrham Park
Hardwick Hall
Oxburgh Hall
Powis Castle
Scotney Castle
Sizergh Castle
South Foreland Lighthouse
Styal Estate
Tatton Park
Waddesdon Manor
Woolsthorpe Manor
Wordsworth House

Thanks to everyone that voted - you keep me going with this National Trust Scone Odyssey. I will make sure that you are all invited to join me for my final scone when the day eventually comes - I have around 125 properties to go though, so don't put your coats on just yet.

Finally, a big well done to all of the properties that got a mention - keep up the good work! And tune in at the end of the month to find out who has won the most coveted award of all: the Scone Blogger's Top Scone of 2015!

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