As I mentioned in my Hummingbird Cake post, it was recently my Mum’s birthday. As it was half term and she and I both work in education, we had the week off together. On the day of her birthday, we took a typically British afternoon out and visited National Trust house, Hinton Ampner near Alresford, Hampshire. It’s around 30 minutes from us and although I’m sure I visited as a child, I haven’t been back in a long while.
£10 entry for those who aren’t National Trust members, we arrived and immediately tucked into cake in the sunshine. They’ve got a really decent sized tearoom with plenty of outdoor seating which was lovely in the May sun. Finishing up, we moved onto the house which was rebuilt by the owner in the 1960s after a fire. Unfortunately most of it was shut due to it losing it’s roof in the 2014 winter gales, but we were mostly visiting for the gardens anyway.
Since getting our new place, I’m slowly growing more interested in plants and flowers and am learning my favourites! The grounds at Hinton Ampner are stunning with a real mix of wild and more formal gardens. I particularly loved the walled garden which houses all the vegatable patches and green houses – there was something very Secret Garden about it!
Overall, a lovely afternoon out in a typically British setting. Perfect for the coming summer days or for those visiting the UK who want to see something truly English!
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