House

826c – York Mansion House

5 Oct , 2018  

Another first for me and thrill to visit the recently reopened home of the Lord Mayor of York after a major revamp. I am loaned an IPad to read information on each room, but there are also good room guides including a former (twice over) Lord Mayor who explains about the regalia worn when the […]

, ,

House

814l – Castle Ward

17 May , 2018  

Strangford

Thursday 17th May is another blue sky, sunny day. This is our second rest day with no driving, needed after the previous two long days. We do a six and a half mile run round the estate on the Castle and Boundary trails, hard work but such beautiful countryside, especially running through woods carpeted with […]

, ,

House

810c – Whittington Court

14 Apr , 2018  

Whittington Court

Only open for a few weeks twice a year, this is a magical place four miles east of Cheltenham. It is a late Elizabethan Manor House with what is suspected to be a long gallery, now divided into several rooms but with huge bay windows still in place. There is a very grand staircase reaching […]

, ,

House

796 – Burghley House

7 Oct , 2017  

Burghley House

Spend a couple of hours at Burghley on a mild, but grey, breezy day with a few spots of rain. Enjoy looking around the house; there are only a few other people looking around the house, so great to see in peace. The spaces are spectacular; the huge kitchen with high fan vaulted ceiling, the […]

,

House, Museum

795b – Ataturk Museum, Izmir

17 Sep , 2017  

Ataturk Museum, Izmir

We end the day with a look around the Ataturk Museum which is free to get in and one of the few remaining 19th century residences along the waterfront. Ataturk stayed in the house between 1930-34 and it has been turned into a museum about his life. There are very good displays, the rooms have […]

, ,

House

750b – Hardwick Hall

12 May , 2016  

Hardwick Hall

Emma has recently renewed her National Trust membership, so doesn’t have to pay the entrance fee. We join a half hour introductory talk in the portico on the life story of Bess; the volunteer guide has amazing recall for facts and an entertaining delivery. The interiors are amazing as always and the Trust has worked […]

, ,

House

750a – Hardwick Old Hall

12 May , 2016  

Hardwick Hall

Travelling up to Scarborough with Emma to visit Neal for a long weekend, we stop off at Hardwick just off the M1. We visit the old, ruined hall first. It is a sunny day with blue sky but a bit hazy, so the views from the top floors of the old hall are limited. The […]

, ,

House

749b – Hardwicke Court

2 May , 2016  

Hardwicke Court

The second HHA place visited on May Bank holiday, but what a contrast to Berkeley Castle. We are the only people exploring the sequence of reception rooms consisting of an entrance hall, drawing room, fine library and a dining room. We are welcomed by the owner herself and allowed to take our time, given the […]

, ,

House

730z – Eaved House

8 Oct , 2015  

Eaved House, Nicosia

Fortunately the nearby Eaved House is open, located just off the Selimiye Meydani Square. We manage to get in for free to this Ottoman period house which is L-shaped and has a pretty courtyard. The ground floor has a lovely cool sitting room and the upstairs has a reception room dressed in the Ottoman style; […]

, ,

House

725b – Lodge Park

30 Aug , 2015  

Chedworth Roman Villa, Lodge Park, Buscot Park

This is a place I’ve wanted to visit for a long time, the only surviving 17th century deer-coursing grandstand. It is a remarkable building, a splendid Jacobean exterior similar in style to the Banqueting House, Whitehall. The interiors have been restored to their original arrangement in the 1630s, the Great hall in particular is a […]

,