Friday, 12 February 2010

Special Places.....

I was excited when the following dropped through my letterbox a few days ago - the 2010 edition of the National Trust handbook listing all it's properties:

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


  1. Thanks Susie..this looks great..We joined the RHS but still feel something is missing. This is it. I like your idea of keeping the booklet handy in the glove box. Not sure how Taschen's London will fit but that is a great idea too. Even better if I could read it all on my iphone. A project for a rainy day! Have a good one..
    Jeanne :)

  2. What a wonderful resource. Our family is planning a trip to the UK for two weeks this summer. We all want to go but are at a loss as to what to see. This will be so helpful!

  3. Hi Susie,
    There are so many onderful National Trust houses aren't there ?
    We also love The National Garden's Scheme....there are some beautiful ones to go and visit.
    Well, if the weather is unkind this weekend, you can sit by the fire and look through your National Trust Book. XXXX

  4. Hi Susie
    Sounds like you are making the most of your surroundings.. a moated manor house sounds quite incredible and as you know .. not to be found here... Have a great Valentine's Day xx julie

  5. Hi Susie
    I have been busy...check it out, you got another award...
    Jeanne :) ( I know)