Surrey’s Secret Beach: Frensham Great Pond

The Hound can hardly believe it – we are at Frensham Great Pond and there’s sand and water – a sight he’d only previously associated with West Wittering Beach.  Yes, he was in his element for in the summer months I am told, Frensham Great Pond offers a beach environment for the people of landlocked…

Pawprint Series: Little Frensham Pond

I came across Frensham Little Pond when I was visiting Watts Gallery recently in Surrey.  I mentioned it in passing to The Hound and of course, he immediately wanted to visit – well water, trees, undergrowth, other dogs – what’s not to love for a friendly doggie? Both Frensham Little Pond and its sister, Frensham Great…

Venerable Ruins – Cowdray

On leaving Cowdray ruins this past May I asked my husband, what he thought and all he could say was “sad”. I asked why, and the response was “…this house should still be great” and I have to agree. Cowdray is one of England’s most important early Tudor houses and was visited by Queen Elizabeth I…

Who was Gilbert White?

Every day, driving home from work on the A3, I see a sign to Selborne and Gilbert White‘s House.  At a loose end one day, I determined to visit this little Hampshire village and just see what all the fuss was about – I’m very glad I did. When you enter the house, it’s modest…

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….

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…

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…