Erddig – Jewel In The Crown of Welsh Country Houses

Erddig was another of those places we stumbled upon almost accidentally. No prior plans to visit and no expectations, it was chosen as a sensible stopping point on the way home from our Welsh trip. A National Trust house, we made our way along twisting, winding country lanes to what seemed like the middle of…

In Search of Welsh Gold At Dolaucothi

This was one of those perfect surprises – meant to be merely a “break the journey stop-off point” on a drive between Swansea and Aberystwyth, randomly chosen and based entirely on location, it turned out to be the most fabulous afternoon. We all loved exploring this Welsh gold mine and we were all in total agreement that…

Personalised Portraits At Beningbrough Hall

A glorious autumn with sunshine and blue skies, except for the day we went to North Yorkshire. Still, the grey skies and damp weather did not dampen our mood. We had a day out at Beningbrough Hall, a stones throw from York (apparently you can see the city from upstairs) but it felt miles away from…

Back In Time At Dunham

On a damp Sunday afternoon we went to Dunham Massey in Cheshire to visit the “Sanctuary From the Trenches” exhibition that has just opened. This lovely old Georgian house, once the seat of the Earls of Warrington and Stamford was also a military hospital during the first World War. The National Trust, to commemorate the…

Pemberley Comes to Lyme Park

Lyme Park is lovely – a huge estate, managed by the National Trust nestling on the edge of the Peak District – perfect Sunday strolling territory.  The draw for me though, being a fan of all things Jane Austen was “The Only Way is Pemberley” exhibition. I dragged Husband and Son along for the ride,…