Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire

As a South East of England dweller, I'm accustomed to National Trust properties being over-run with visitors, car-parks bursting at the seams and having to wait for a table in a tea room. Not so in quieter parts of England, such as Northamptonshire. It came as something of a surprise to note that Canons Ashby... Continue Reading →

Nymans Gardens, Sussex

Nymans, a National Trust property is set in the picturesque High Weald of Sussex and was originally a family home.  Destroyed by fire in 1947, much of the house survives as a garden ruin although the remaining part which was re-built is open to the public.  The former home of  Lady Rosse who died in... Continue Reading →

Overbeck’s, Salcombe, Devon

Overlooking the Salcombe estuary, Overbeck's is a National Trust property, built in 1913 and was formerly a convalescent home for injured soldiers. The house was bought by Otto Overbeck in 1928 and left to the National Trust in 1937 following his death. The steep and densely planted grounds overlook the beautiful Salcombe Estuary and are home... Continue Reading →

Polesden Lacey, Dorking, Surrey

  My ‘local’ and most loved National Trust property has to be the glorious Polesden Lacey, a Regency Villa set on the edge of the North Downs and host to many Edwardian house parties and even a Royal honeymoon, latterly hosting the more mundane masses of the general public but still wearing it’s enchanting beauty... Continue Reading →

Heavenly Hatchlands Park, Surrey

Hatchlands Park, near Guildford in Surrey is a National Trust Georgian gem of a country residence and still a family home today. The entire ground floor of the house is open to the public and features paintings, antiques and musical instruments. The property is set amid 400 acres of rolling parkland and it is hard... Continue Reading →

Delightful Dunham Massey

  Dunham Massey, near Altringham in Cheshire is only 20 minutes from Manchester city centre and yet feels a whole world away, being set amongst the leafy Cheshire countryside.  A country estate with a Georgian mansion built in the 1730's by George Booth, Earl of Warrington, the park has been home to the Grey family... Continue Reading →

Petworth house and garden, West Sussex

At the edge of the beautiful town of Petworth, Sussex lies the 17th-century mansion of Petworth House. Set in beautiful grounds landscaped by Capability Brown, this 700-acre deer park has been immortalised in Turner's paintings which are on display inside the house itself, along with works of art by Van Dyck, Reynolds, Titian and Blake.... Continue Reading →

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