Monday, 11 April 2016

Memorandum Monday: A Visit

Good morning to all the Monday blog readers and bloggers. It is time to give Sian a wave and think about new happenings and new information. So guess where we went yesterday.  It is so popular that we had to book this trip 6 to 9 months ago. So does anyone recognise this prestigious doorway? Who might you hope would greet you when you rang this bell?

I learnt several new facts while we were there. I learnt that this residence was rebuilt in the 1840s by Charles Barry the architect who built the Houses of Parliament. I also discovered that the grounds were landscaped by Capability Brown. These beautiful daffodils and new woodland are more recent additions with the tip of the house just visible behind.

There are a number of follies in true Capability Brown style with this one having been transported from London.

Brian also learnt something new. A novel way to clean his boots at the end of the working day. Not so sure he will be installing one of these on the farm though.

A great day out ended with a little dance send off from one of the staff especially for my camera. We had been told that the butler turns car park attendant on these open days. Perhaps this is him. 

We also learnt that lunch in the cafe was cooked by their cook in this very special house. Have you gathered enough clues now? Where do you suppose we have been?


  1. I don't know whose house it is but it is a fabulous house and gardens and love the follie - have a great week

  2. I think this might be Highclere Castle (of Downton Abbey fame). It's a magnificent building wherever it is.

  3. I think you might expect to see Carson answering the door. Another friend went there for afternoon tea a couple of weeks ago so I may have had an extra clue.

  4. Looks like a great place to visit but I do not have a clue as to where it is.

  5. After 6 wonderful seasons, I know that front door. The butler looks a jolly good sport to take on parking duties.

  6. Sounds like a fantastic place for a visit with plenty of new things to find out round every turn I expect!

    Wishing you a good week Maggie