And the Spring (yes, Spring!! It's coming!) magazine:
I love this organisation - you can join for a reasonable subscription which then gives you access to all the properties managed by the Trust (as many visits as you like to any/all of them) together with free parking (they send you a sticker for your car). The N.T is a registered charity, founded in 1895, to 'look after places of historic interest or natural beauty permanently for the benefit of the nation across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.'
It is responsible for historic buildings dating from the middle ages, ancient monuments, gardens, landscape parks and farmland...
We are fortunate enough to have quite a few of these lovely places to visit locally - we keep the handbook in the glove-box and have been making really good use of our subscription! One particularly beautiful house is just a couple of miles away - Great Chalfield Manor is a moated medieval manor with gorgeous gardens oozing charm and history. My LAB is a bit of a history buff and is totally besotted with this country - it's difficult to pass through any small village or town without learning something new and important sites are seemingly dotted along every road and around every corner.
Not sure the weather will be kind enough this weekend to tempt us too far from home but we're looking forward to lots more exploring when it is...........s