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Day trips from London: Knebworth House

2nd December, 2017

I finally crossed Knebworth House off my Historic Houses Association bucket list on their last open day of 2017. Located near Stevenage in Hertfordshire, this stately home is just over an hour away from London, making it ideal for a day trip. On the day I visited, access to the house was via guided tour […]

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A sunny afternoon at Elton Hall

28th October, 2017

After our visit to the Wimpole Estate we stayed overnight at an Airbnb so we could explore more of the area. The next day we rode over to Elton Hall, near Peterborough, to visit on one of their rare opening days. Elton Hall has been home to the Proby family since 1660. Sir Peter Proby, […]

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The fascinating history of Syon House

7th October, 2017

After my visit to Strawberry Hill House I took a short bus ride over to Syon Park. I’ve been there a couple of times before, staying overnight at the Hilton hotel on the grounds, but this was my first time stepping foot inside Syon House. If I’d know how beautiful the house was inside, I […]

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Visiting Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham, London

30th September, 2017

After five years living in London, I finally paid a visit to Strawberry Hill House. I’ve know about this place for quite a while but had been waiting until I got my Historic Houses Association membership before visiting, as this gives you free admission to the house. Strawberry Hill House was created in the 18th […]

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Day trips from London – Chiddingstone Castle

23rd September, 2017

You can’t go too far in Kent without bumping into a castle or stately home. One of my favourite castles in Kent is Hever Castle, and if you’re planning a day trip there from London you can easily add a visit to Chiddingstone Castle to your itinerary – they’re only 10 minutes apart. And if […]

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Day trips from London: Titsey Place

12th August, 2017

On an uncharacteristically warm day in June I made my way to Oxted in Surrey to visit Titsey Place. This country house dates back to 16th century when it was bought by Sir John Gresham, a Lord Mayor of London and prominent merchant. The house and estate passed through several generations of the Gresham family. […]

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Five things to see in Painshill Park

5th August, 2017

Painshill Park had been on my London bucket list for a while but until I visited I didn’t realise just how big it was. Comprising of 158 acres, there is plenty to see in this 18th-century landscaped garden. These were my top five highlights from my visit to Painshill: Gothic Temple The late 18th-century Gothic […]

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A tour of Burghley House

29th July, 2017

All too soon we were at the end of our UK road trip but I wanted to make one more stop at Burghley House before returning home. This was one of the properties on my Historic Houses Association wishlist and it’s close to the A1 so it made for a convenient stop on our way […]

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A look inside Castle Howard, Yorkshire

22nd July, 2017

Whilst staying in the North York Moors National Park for a couple of nights we popped in to visit Castle Howard. This incredible stately home is located just outside the national park, about 15 miles north of York. Despite what the name suggests, Castle Howard is not a true castle. This term is also used […]

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A trip to Hogwarts (Alnwick Castle)

15th July, 2017

We had to cut our trip to Scotland short due to inclement weather but the strong winds, rain and hail weren’t going to stop me from visiting Hogwarts, or Alnwick Castle as it is known in the Muggle world. Located in Alnwick (pronounced annick) in Northumberland, this castle was one of the filming locations in […]