On our first visit to Scotland we stayed in Glencoe, and here we joined the Scottish National Trust, this membership also gives you access to all the properties in England.

Llanhydrock

We consider Llanhydrock to be one of the best National Trust properties in the country, due to the fact you get to see nearly all the rooms and an impressive kitchen area.


kitchen

This image shows the spit roast with eight racks, the bottom rack would hold the largest animal and they would get smaller as they went up, small game birds would be at the top. On the right you can see the basting spoon on a long handle. There is a fan in the chimney, turned by the hot air and this would turn the spits below.
The kitchens are extensive and the best I have seen in all the N.T. properties I have been too.


 


Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor is a country house in the village of Waddesdon, in Buckinghamshire. The house was built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French ch√Ęteau between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. It was his weekend retreat from his London home.

This house is stunning both inside and out, we missed some of the house on our first visit and will have to go back to see the rest.

Cragside

Cragside is a country house in the civil parish of Cartington in Northumberland, England. It was the first house in the world to be lit using hydroelectric power. Enter the world of Lord Armstrong - Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius. Cragside house was truly a wonder of its age. It's another must see National Trust Property, the pot below left is typical of what you will find in this house. The carved marble chimney breast on the right has to be seen in its full glory as I have had to crop my image.


Carved marble Fireplace

 

 


Lacock Abbey and Avebury House

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A la Ronde

When we first moved to Devon we visited "A la Ronde" near Exmouth, it was not a National Trust property in those days and we were allowed to visit the "shell encrusted gallery" at the top. On a recent visit we found the shell gallery was closed to the public, this was due to damage and people taking the shells. Mirrors have now been installed so people can see the shell room from below


Tyntesfield

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Situated in Wraxall, North Somerset, Tyntesfield is positioned on a ridge overlooking beautiful parkland and the Yeo Valley. This spectacular Victorian country house is an extraordinary Gothic Revival extravaganza, bristling with towers and turrets.

tyntesfield house

It survives intact with an unrivalled collection of Victorian decorative arts, an insight into life below stairs and a sumptuously decorated private chapel. Its surrounding 500 acres of land include formal gardens and a wonderful walled kitchen garden.



National Trust

 

Cragside


Cragside NT

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