piwacket wrote: ↑22 Jun 2022 19:43
Mayfield wrote: ↑22 Jun 2022 19:13
Not Greys Court or Cliveden ?
Very different but both are worth visiting …
Oh yes, know Greys Court - the owner is ex-Gurds as was late OH, so visited quite often….. Cliveden - yes been there too, different, yes, but neither remotely comparable to Versailles
although the garden at Greys is very attractive.
The attraction ofNT properties is that they are different, each has its own highs and lows, frankly the catering at Greys is the pits afaiac . One I liked a lot was Hughendon, they discovered, quite by chance, that it was a mapping hub during WW2 . Just seeing how many local airfields we had was interesting…All secret - no one said anything and it was only a guide that overheard an elderly gentleman talking his adult son, that discovered what activities had taken place there.
Cliveden has a really rich history too of course - but better known…
No they are not like Versailles - that’s the beauty of it, they are different… (
One reason we stay members is that very often you can find an NT property within a mile or so of a main route, they are more pleasant than most service stations and make a decent break. Montacute is a favourite for this. I often meet a friend at Stourhead too - it’s the closest to halfway to both our houses and has lovely grounds to walk around….
Having said that as an organisation I think they have slightly lost their way and belong to ‘Restore Trust’
Finishing some mandarin and lemon verbena marmalade today …hope it stays cool