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 →

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 →

Chippenham Park, Ely in early Spring – a weekend on the Suffolk borders

A two day trip to the Cambridgeshire/Suffolk borders resulted in a visit to the delightful Chippenham Park, near Ely, Cambridgshire.  This privately owned property is open on selected days throughout the year and offers spectacular grounds with beautiful walkways through woodland and formal gardens. Dotted around the grounds are a great many sculptures and there... Continue Reading →

Surrey gardens and tea in beautiful Shere

The glorious sunshine this Valentine's weekend saw so many visitors enjoying the delights our gardens have to offer.  My adventures took me around the Surrey Hills, starting off with a walk around the very busy and ever popular Polesden Lacey, surely the most visited National Trust property in the South of England.  New shoots are... Continue Reading →

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