Thursday, 12 June 2014

If only all work days could be like this

I couldn't resist an invitation to attend this year's Seven Wonders of the Weald press day, which took place at Groombridge Place and the National Trust's Scotney Castle. It was a warm and muggy Monday with patches of sunshine. Organised by Caroline of Pennington PR, the event was well attended by press from varied publications and organisations including The Sun, Visit England and me/local indie mag Playground. We were treated to a ploughman's lunch at Groombridge Place, and a glass of Biddenden Vineyard's own Ortego and a traditional National Trust cream tea at Scotney: a freshly baked warm scone, clotted cream and blackberry jam - I know how seriously the NT takes their tea and scones. If only all work days could be like this. The goody bag included a Seven Wonders of the Weald pass and some amazing stem ginger fudge, which I'm currently nibbling on.

I love an excuse to be a tourist for a day.

Groombridge Place 










I've really focussed on the formal gardens at Groombridge in this post, but it's a great place to take the children with it's Enchanted Forest, birds of prey, giant swings, Crusoe's World and activities that run throughout the holidays. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes liked visiting Groombridge Place too.

Scotney Castle





The romantic ruin on the lake is the most famous sight at Scotney Castle and it's as magical as ever. However, new to me was the interior of the house on the hill overlooking the lake, open to the public since 2007. If you are a curious person, it's a great place to wander from room to room looking at furnishings, objects and art collected by the Hussey family over the years. It's a dark house with lots of atmosphere and the NT volunteers are so full of information. Outside, the roses climbing up the walls of the Walled Garden were spectacular, as were the wild orchids growing in the meadow and beyond acres and acres of estate as far as the eye could see.


For this week's How Does Your Garden Grow? Next week I'll be returning to the more humble surroundings of my own back garden.


Mammasaurus and How Does Your Garden Grow?

15 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous garden, that peacock is just stunning and I love the pink and yellow flower combination. Such lovely pictures, I certainly want to take a trip. #hdygg

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  2. Wonderful gardens, looks like a lovely day out. I love that window, looks like it will soon be hidden away.

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    1. Yes, the window may well be covered by now...

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  3. Oh my days. What a flipping amazing looking day - add a ploghmans, vino and a cream tea into the mix and it might actually be Utopia.... Stunning shots - that peacock is just, well you know, wow. I want to visit them all now! we so need to arrange to hook up for a day out over Summer x

    Thank you so much for sharing these - gorgeous!

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    1. It was a perfect day, apart from the speeding ticket I picked up driving between stately homes!

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  4. Oh how beautiful. What truly breath taking images.

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  5. i just had to take a breath and realise i was not there with you stunning shots

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  6. \everything is so pretty! I wish I can visit this place =) #hdygg

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    1. You can! There just so much to do and see in this area.

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  7. What a perfect day! Beautiful images :)

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  8. I could happily get lost wandering around those gardens - plus inside the house. Beautiful pix - just love the peacock.

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