Being NYCliché – 4 Days in the Big Apple

I’ve received so many tweets and messages asking me to put together a blog post with my New York itinerary, as I managed to pack quite a lot into four days! So, without further ado, here’s my guide to a whistlestop 100 hours in NYC! You can see my accompanying photo album here. Before you […]

Waddesdon Manor

Part of my new National Trust Travels blog series… My all-girls grammar in Buckinghamshire decided to big itself up even more by naming its six ‘Houses’ after famous manor houses in the county. Five of them are National Trust properties, and so when I got my membership I duly challenged myself to visit them all! (Annoyingly, the […]

Kelmscott Manor

Open during the warmer weather on Wednesdays and Saturdays is this undeniably lovely limestone manor house, which sits snug to the Thames and has known many famous tenants in its long lifetime. Built in the 16th century by a wealthy farmer, and three hundred years later the writer, designer and socialist William Morris fell in […]

The Morgans of Tredegar House

Part of my new National Trust Travels blog series…             In Cardiff for my husband’s birthday, we simply had to carve out an afternoon to visit Tredegar House, a recent acquisition for the National Trust and lauded as one of the “wonders of Wales”. The familial seat of the Morgan family since […]

Newark Park

Part of my new National Trust Travels blog series… My husband and I were thrilled to receive National Trust memberships this past Christmas; we’d been banging on about wanting them for years, but firstly we hadn’t had a car, and then we’d been saving up for our wedding, so it had never been the right time. 2015 […]

Lanhydrock House

The almost 900 acre Lanhydrock estate originally belonged to an Augustinian priory, but after Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530s the estate passed into private hands. In 1620 a wealthy Jacobean merchant – Sir Richard Robartes – purchased the land and began to build what would become his family’s seat, the beautiful […]