Priest's House, Sissinghurst Castle, Sissinghurst
You can rent this as a holiday cottage and then walk out into the Sissinghurst gardens any time, day or night. The white garden is adjacent, and on a bright moonlit night when the garden is in bloom, it would be stunning.
The Rest House, Bournville Green, Birmingham
The heart of the Cadbury complex at Bournville in Birmingham is the Village Green, here is how it came about. 'In 1900, the Bournville Village Trust was set up to formally control the development of the estate, independently of George Cadbury or the Cadbury company. The trust focused on providing schools, hospitals, museums, public baths and reading rooms. An almost campus feel evolved, with a triangular village green, infant and junior schools, the School of Art and the Day Continuation…
Mapperton House & Garden, Beaminster
In 2006 the house was voted the "Nation's Finest Manor House" by Country Life magazine. The house tour was fully booked by the time we arrived, so we were only able to view the gardens - but they are magnificent, even at this time of the year. We spent 2 hours exploring the property and gardens. A portion of the house is the original Tudor manor built in the 1540s. The current owner is the 11th Earl of Sandwich.
Vita Sackville-West's Writing Room, Sissinghurst Castle, Sissinghurst
Located on the first floor of the castle tower, this room is where Vita did most of her writing at night, after spending her day working in the gardens surrounding the tower. Vita allowed very few people into her "sacrosanct space". The portrait on the easel is of Vita's lover, Violet Trefusis. Vita and Violet eloped to France 3 times from 1918 to 1921 before ending their affair. Both Vita and her husband had homosexual love affairs throughout their long, and apparently contented, marriage…
Tudor Close, Rottingdean
They look authentic, but these cottages were built in 1929 by combining two former barns and a cow-shed of Court Farm. The buildings were skilfully developed in mock-Tudor style over a period of three years, but many of the beams, timbers and tiles, which have been elaborately carved with Tudor roses and other decorations, were taken from other old barns and buildings; much of the fabric of Tudor Close is therefore genuinely old. The houses did not sell well though, and were soon converted…
The Shropshire Hills near Wentnor
Wentnor is a little village just to the west of the Long Mynd in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is traditional sheep country, and was known for its textiles using the abundant local wool. A notable location for this industry was Carding Mill Valley at the northern end of the Long Mynd. The carding mill there was built in the 18th century, and named after a stage in making cloth, the three stages being carding, spinning and weaving. Carding would have been done…
Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst, Kent
Actually a fortified manor house, built in 1380 with four turrets. When the new manor house was built in 1837 (the old castle being too damp) the builder used much of the stone from the old castle, but left enough of the structure to provide a wonderful garden feature!
The perils of choosing to ride a bike in the Shropshire Hills! You either have to be supremely fit or be prepared to spend a lot of time walking up them, pushing your bike. Just like the chap who is just appearing over the top of the nearest hill, on the left of the picture. He stopped to chat to us and seemed quite happy.