Hardwick Hall’s famous epithet comes as no surprise on first catching sight of the house, perched high on its hilltop. Standing before it, within the ornate garden walls, its grandeur took my breath away. As an avid visitor of country houses, and a National Trust member, you run the risk of stately home fatigue, so if that is the case, I strongly recommend you visit this staggering building.   The scale and ambition of the building is both immense and surprising. In its day, this…

Hardwick Hall’s famous epithet comes as no surprise on first catching sight of the house, perched high on its hilltop. Standing before it, within the ornate garden walls, its grandeur took my breath away. As an avid visitor of country houses, and a National Trust member, you run the risk of stately home fatigue, so if that is the case, I strongly recommend you visit this staggering building. The scale and ambition of the building is both immense and surprising. In its day, this…

alliums in the oast garden in may at Sarah Raven's Perch Hill Farm, East Sussex

alliums in the oast garden in may at Sarah Raven's Perch Hill Farm, East Sussex

The Royal Standard of England in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England is the oldest Free house in England and dates from 1213. King Charles II is thought to have stayed at the pub with one of his mistresses

The Royal Standard of England in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England is the oldest Free house in England and dates from 1213. King Charles II is thought to have stayed at the pub with one of his mistresses

With Generous Fanned Back and Triple Comb Construction  Richly Patinated Ash and Oak   English, c.1780

With Generous Fanned Back and Triple Comb Construction Richly Patinated Ash and Oak English, c.1780

The master bedroom offers several perches for relaxation in addition to the mahogany four-poster bed.

The master bedroom offers several perches for relaxation in addition to the mahogany four-poster bed.

Christmas Cookies and Cocoa- now that's a whole new way! Love these precious cookies:)

Christmas Cookies and Cocoa- now that's a whole new way! Love these precious cookies:)

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