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…

Surprising Goodwood

The Goodwood Estate has been on my “hit-list” for some time now so I headed off for a  recee before booking a visit to the house itself.  A lovely hotel, a warm welcome given, gorgeous surroundings … what I hoped to find in fact and it didn’t disappoint.  What I didn’t expect, however, were the monumental sculptures,…