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My husband and I used to reenact in the Civil War Society and spent two weeks at Kentwell in 1981 on a living history fortnight, this was the year before we got married. It is often talked about by us to our two daughters and now four grandchildren! Very memorable experience, well worth doing if you can. It was a lovely setting and that was back then, no doubt even more stunning now, good luck to you all there.
I have visited both Kenwood House and Hampstead Heath many times, in fact I have been going up to Kenwood House and the heath since the 1960s. The house is very impressive and the numerous works of art and grounds instill in you a sense of grandeur. The grounds are very extensive and I have done conservation work on the fencing in the grounds. Kenwood House is not far from Jack Straws Castle or the Spaniards Inn, which is where Dick Turpin was.
No-one can fail to like the house and grounds, there used to be open air concerts in the summer there. I once saw Richard Baker, the newscaster, in the Cafe and there used to be a carriage there. Also there used to be a gypsy caravan in the grounds.
I visited Southside House in the 1990s. It smelt of wood smoke and polish, very lovely feeling about it, lots of not very good paintings by the family. It is the only place I have ever been to that kept the Powder room intact - from the time when you had your powdered wigs refreshed by putting your head into a separate room through holes in the wall and a servant powdered them inside - stopping the powder going everywhere. It is a must.
Very odd opening hours and I could never get back in again as every time I went it was closed. But worth persevering as it is really different from the usual run of the mill houses. Small wandering halls and room from all periods making for a special day out.
What a beautiful historic house. Julian took me through when I was visiting England a few years ago now and I was very appreciative of his knowledge of the Fane Family. He and Julia were very gracious in letting me see the family portraits and showing us over the church where there is also a great and wonderful history. Certainly worth a visit if you are interested in history. Thanks.
We enjoy coming back to the UK, as we live in Tenerife and like to visit historic properties. Stansted is a charming period house with extremely large grounds. We even watched a local cricket match for a while, yes and it was a beautiful sunny day as well. I found the most interesting part of the house, was downstairs, where the servants worked and lived. It certainly gives you a totally different perspective on how the working class lived in those days, but I must admit, the staff at Stansted House seemed to be taken care of extremely well. If you are in the area, it's well worth a visit and highly recommended.
For the best part of 30 years I have enjoyed this lovely park excellent for walking around in a beautiful safe environment. The park was improved when the flood meadows were turned into a pond and wildlife area.
The castle and immediate grounds are very beautiful and are kept very clean by the maintenance staff and the picnic areas are lovely with a nice open area for children to play as well as a play park.
My great-grandfather was a pupil at this Blewcoat (Bluecoat) School in the 1850s/60s and I made a trip to London especially to visit the building. Tucked away between (ugly) modern giants this little building is reassuringly inviting and most pleasing to the eye. The front and back doorways of the cube are almost identical and there is only one room between them; the west door is blocked on the inside with a large (restored) fireplace where the doorway once was. I find it curious that when both doorways were in use, you would have entered by one door only to find yourself immediately confronted by the exit door! The one room is the total sum of the school but whilst it has been very tastefully refurbished into a comfortable, peaceful coffee and NT gift shop, I couldn't help but feel that the luxurious carpet and swank Chesterfield sofas did nothing at all to reflect the harshness of the wooden benches and splintery floorboards of the period school; indeed if it were not for the sign informing us that it WAS once a school,and the little statue of the 'Blewcoat Boy', I don't suppose that anyone would ever know - sadly every trace of school-life has been obliterated. I asked if there was a leaflet or any information about the school to be had but no - nothing at all. Even so, it was worth a visit and a lovely peaceful corner in which to grab a quiet coffee....and of course we should thank the NT for saving it from demolition.
What a fantastic stately home and estate! I was taken aback by the beautiful Robert Adam interiors, Chippendale furniture, wonderful Ayrshire settings and had a lovely lunch in the old Coach House Cafe. Thank you to our guide and all the helpful staff. We'll definitely be back next year!
Absolutely amazing that this has been discovered. The Roman Amphitheatre has been restored beautifully and is a must see if you are visiting Chester. The history goes back to about 74 AD which makes this city nearly 2000 years old. If you get the chance to go on a Roman walk to discovery the history in full.
I think this house is one of the most interesting that I have been to. The guide was fantastic - an absolute mine of information! Will make sure it is on my list for another visit.
Not only is this castle an amazing place to visit and located in a beautiful spot, it is also a fantastic part of the history of England. There are no sign posts so study a map carefully before you attempt to find it. I found it thanks to asking locals for directions. It is a shame and I find it surprising that it is not better maintained nor publicised, as it is a wonderful place to take a few hours out of your day to visit. The castle is exquisite while the river and the trees surrounding this wonderful ruin make it breath-taking.
Although hard to find King John's Castle is scenic, beautifully located and magnificent. Dating back to the 12th century and intimately tied to the history of the Magna Carta this is a must see for anyone in the area. It is a shame that it is not very well maintained and parts of the stones were falling onto the gravel below.
I travelled from the other side of the world to see the famous literary shrines of Britain and Gad's Hill Place was the most important on my list. Imagine my frustration then when the place wasn't even signposted. It took some time and the aid of locals to locate its position but even when I knew I must be standing within fifty metres of it, there was no indication of its existence. Please, this was the home of arguably the world's greatest ever novelist. How many thousands of fans must be frustrated and disappointed yearly?
A fine old building, dating from c.1496, to hold the harvest tithes due to the Abbey of St Augustine - payable by tenant farmers working the Abbey's large tracts of ecclesiastical land. A simple massive structure, built in blue lias stone, with a heavy roof of thick Cotswold slate, using recycled timbers in the roof trusses. This barn has a timeless air, set in a quiet location, adjoining Ashleworth Court, and the nearby Ashleworth Quay. It has stood for 500 years - a functional building of simple beauty.
We visited Kiplin Hall for the torchlit Ghost Tour in October 2011. Not only was it very interesting to hear the stories of several of the ghostly inhabitants, but the Jacobean interior is amazing too. Well worth a visit.
We visited Eltham Palace today and enjoyed it immensely. It's really nice to see something out of the ordinary. Easy to find and good "free" parking which was a bonus. We had lunch in the tea room and the food was excellent and well priced, the staff throughout were helpful and friendly. Overall, a very enjoyable and informative visit. Will strongly recommend it.
Halloween Events at this property in recent years have been brilliant - Children's Ghost Hunts, Paranormal Events, Fireside Tales, Spooky Tours - highly recommended! I just wish my old favourite events would return.... the Shakespeare Outdoor Theatre Plays.
I visited Highclere Castle for 'Heroes at Highclere'. And what a Fabulous Time I had, The Castle is so beautiful and full of character and the grounds superb, The Cafe is well catered with China cups and saucers and real cutlery not the polystyrene cups and plastic knives/forks that you get catered with everywhere else, I had a really enjoyable tea with delicious cream and jam scones, in the most tranquil of surroundings. I will definitely return, well worth the visit!
This was my school from 1963 for 8 years. Under the main stairs is a chalk tunnel leading to the cliffs. Several times I went into this smugglers tunnel. It is no longer mentioned, but it is still there. In the conservatory room I first learned of Keith Richards, someone who kept me alive through the most unbearable period of my life. Thank you. I know why Pugin died so young, that place has an effect that can drag you down. There is a negative energy there that is tangible. Something is very wrong there. Pugin had problems other than mercury, that place is alive with something awful. Thank you Keith for getting me through this. Pugin built this tunnel and the lookout room, in the tower, for reasons that HMRC would not appreciate. An interesting story is waiting to be told! (I claim copyright)
We went to Highclere yesterday (Saturday 15th October 2011) and were amazed by the number of people queuing to get in to the grounds. They came in their thousands to the extent that they were turned away as the castle could not cope with the sheer volume of people. We were very lucky as we managed to get to the ticket office just as they were announcing the castle's closure so we gambled and paid for tickets anyway managing to eventually get inside. We were so glad as we had travelled all the way from Lancashire. Please pre-book your tickets if you are travelling from afar as due to its current popularity because of Downton Abbey you may not get in. Be warned! It was well worth the wait though and a very beautiful building and home. A great day out in the end with beautiful weather too. Result!
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