Tyntesfield

When visiting family in Bristol we all visited nearby Tyntesfield. When there, we were told that Tyntesfield is referred to as “the jewel in the crown” at The National Trust and it’s not hard to see why. Like many of the National Trust properties Tyntesfield has been used in the filming for television, most notably…

Lacock 

A couple of weeks ago we were visiting family in the Bristol area so on the way down we stopped in at National Trust property Lacock. It’s pronounced “Lay-cock” but the three of us just referred to it as “Le Cock” for the entire day. What can I say? We’re easily amused.  When we arrived…

Basildon Park 

We recently visited Basildon Park, a National Trust property near Reading in Berkshire. The house was built between 1776 and 1783 for Sir Francis Sykes.  It was never completed and had several owners. In 1914, it was requisitioned by the British Government as an army convalescent hospital. In the late 20’s, the current owners attempted to dismantle the house…

Quebec House

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you’ll know I went to visit Chartwell the other day. On the way home we also stopped in at Quebec House.  It’s literally a 5 minute drive down the road from Chartwell so it seemed silly not to.  Whereas Chartwell has a large house and expansive gardens and grounds…

Chartwell

Last weekend we made use of our National Trust passes and drove down the road to Kent to ‘Chartwell’, the home of Sir Winston Churchill.  We toured the house (cameras are not allowed) which is set out as it would have been in the 1920’s. There was also an exhibition charting Winston’s life, both personal…

Claremont

My parents in-law came this weekend and we headed over to Claremont which isn’t too far from us. We couldn’t walk around the house as it’s now been turned into a school but the gardens are owned by The National Trust.  The house and grounds were a wedding present to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and…

Polesden Lacey 

The other week we went to visit National Trust property Polesden Lacey, the country retreat of Edwardian hostess Mrs Greville. Margaret Greville was the illegitimate daughter of Scottish brewery magnate William McEwan. Her mother, Helen Anderson, is rumoured to have been married to an employee of McEwan’s at the time of Margaret’s birth (scandal!) but…

Birthday (kind of)

It all started when I told my husband he couldn’t buy me a KitchenAid mixer. My husband and I don’t really do presents. It isn’t that we don’t love one another, it’s just that I always find a better use for the money. Not very romantic I know but practical, very practical! He wanted to…