Lytes Cary, a medieval manor house in Somerset

Lytes Cary is a manor house near Somerton in Somerset, England. It has parts dating to the 14th century, with other sections dating to the 15th, 16th, and 18th centuries. Originally the family home of Henry Lyte, it was then lovingly restored in the 20th century by Sir Walter Jenner. The property is owned by … Read more

Dunster Castle and Medieval Village

Dunster, in Somerset, is one of England’s most beautiful and fascinating medieval villages, with a castle perched high on a wooded hill. At the top of the High Street is an iconic octagonal building called The Yarn Market. It was once the hub of the thriving wool trade in Exmoor. Nearby are shops offering handmade … Read more

Bluebell walk on the Hitchwood Trail

In April and May every year, tiny bluebells begin to scatter themselves across woodland floors all over Hertfordshire. We visit Hitch Wood near Hitchin where blankets of bluebells surround the trail. The trail starts at the car park on the B651 south of Hitchin (OS Map Reference TL198239). Recorded on 26 April 2022 with a … Read more

Cricket St Thomas Hotel Gardens in April

This Somerset hotel’s beautiful and extensive gardens and lakes are Grade II listed. In 2010 documents from 1895 and 1919 were used to reinstate these lovely grounds to their original design. The Grotto Water Garden is particularly lovely and was designed by Kate Gould who won a Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show for … Read more

Burrow Farm Gardens, East Devon’s Secret Garden

Burrow Farm Gardens is situated in the beautiful countryside between Axminster and Honiton. The 13-acre garden has colour throughout the year. At the time of our visit, there were spring flowers plus stunning Azaleas and Rhododendrons. Mary and John Benger moved to Burrow Farm in 1959. John built up a dairy herd while Mary started … Read more

Anglesey Abbey, a Jacobean-style house with a spectacular garden

At the age of 30, the future Lord Fairhaven began to create his first home from a run-down country house and desolate landscape. Wanting to inspire and surprise visitors, he created a spectacular garden with planting for all seasons and a cosy house in which to entertain. Life revolved around horse racing and shooting, and … Read more

A ski trip to the glacier and back at Sölden, Austria

Our trip to the glacier starts at the top of the Giggijoch gondola in Sölden, Austria. We hop on the Silberbruennl chair lift that takes us to blue run 23. Then on the Einzeiger chair lift to connect with the Gletscherexpress gondola followed by the Schwarze Schneid II gondola. Then we go through the ski … Read more

A host of golden daffodils at Wimpole Estate

This is a walking tour of the grounds at Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire, where we enjoy the swathes of bright daffodils. There are 85 different varieties of daffodils plus many other spring flowers to be seen. Wimpole is a National Trust property. The address is Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire, SG8 0BW Recorded on 18 … Read more