We decided to stop on the way at Chaddsford Winery, where some food trucks were having a competition, a chance to sample some good food along with some great wine.
We didn't hang about once done, and jumped back in the car, driving to Winterthur. We had a couple of hours before our 3pm tickets and so after grabbing a quick and tasty lunch in the cafeteria we wandered through the gardens.
the 1890's so it was dubbed the Mauve Decade.
And thanks to Mary's quick and cunning craftiness, of which we were all really impressed, we managed to also grab our places on the last house tour of the day. There are a few tours of the house since there are so many rooms, 175 on 8 floors, but luckily we were on the only tour that allowed photographs to be taken. I was still spluttering a bit with a tickley cough, but an offer from our docent for me to leave the group and get water resulted in me sneakily stuffing a handful of forbidden cough sweets into my mouth, sucking very hard until my eyes watered, while looking away from her, and thus averting the disaster of missing the tour.
Henry Francis du Pont opened his house nearly 60 years ago, showcasing over 90,000 objects from 1640 to 1860. It was a little overwhelming. There were so many beautiful things to look at, and I have to admit, I felt a little ashamed at making a fuss of dusting my house, when just one of the larger rooms here held more stuff than my whole home, and they gleamed with polished tender loving care.
We were ready for dinner but back at the hotel had a problem trying to choose a restaurant. We Yelped through a list of possibilities but unable to pick one, we decided to walk locally. Our hotel was in the business district and the streets were empty, deathly quiet. We came across an Italian place that we had read about but after noticing that patrons were very few inside we carried on walking. Just one street along we spotted a hole in the wall restaurant that was crammed full of people inside. We had found Pochi, a Chilean wine bar, whose menu we hadn't been too sure about when reading earlier. But with so many folks inside, it had to be good so we strolled in and waited for a table. Our meal was absolutely superb, we couldn't have asked for better, and with great beer and wine, we were very happy campers. A stellar experience which wrapped our perfect day up nicely and had us looking forward to the next.