Going uptown to Uppark

It’s an odd name for a stately home – Uppark, don’t you think?  It is, however, more simple than you might expect.  It’s so-named due to the fact that you literally go Up to the Park for the house stands atop rolling parkland with far reaching views over the surrounding countryside and the Solent beyond….

A touch of Downton …

With the new series of Downton Abbey about to hit our screens, why not fit in a visit to Stansted Park in Hampshire? I have long intended to visit but for some reason or other, I put it off until a couple of weeks ago.  Now I wish I had visited sooner and I will definitely…

Mottisfont – a Hampshire find

It was the name that spoke to me – Mottisfont – I have never heard of it and until I joined the National Trust, it would have remained a mystery.  Thank goodness I joined for this is a spectacular house – and one of the few that I have seen that was successfully transformed from…

Loseley House – A little gem hidden in the Surrey Hills

I have passed the sign to Loseley House on the A3 countless times – but have never really had any idea of what it signified. At a loose end one bright summer’s day, I decided to join the 130,000 or so other annual visitors to satisfy my curiosity. Loseley House is situated within 1,400 Surrey acres of which…

Hinton Ampner – A Reflective Visit

My visit to Hinton Ampner leaves mixed memories.  An enjoyable visit no doubt – helped by the friendliness of the National Trust folk there – but melancholy nevertheless. Hinton Ampner is the creation of one man – Ralph Dutton, 8th Lord Sherborne, who died without issue and bequeathed his estate in its entirety to the…