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The Castle is a country house built in the Jacobean style by Charles Barry and is owned by the Earls of Caernarvon.   The estate of 5,000 acres includes parkland designed by Capability Brown.   This house was built on the foundations of a medieval palace of the 8th century.

The well known TV series “Downton Abbey” was filmed here

To a range of properties in Cheshire and Derbyshire



History of the Petworth Owners

Pat Best has been a volunteer at Petworth House for many years where she gives short talks to the visitors.  Her knowledge is amazing and this talk follows on from her talk about ‘below stairs’ at the house.


Website: www.museumofgardening.co.uk

WHODUNNIT! - 200 Years of Murder

Doug Eaton has established himself as an entertaining speaker for groups and on cruise ships.  He talked to us on the British obsession with crime and detective novels – from Edgar Allen Poe to Dickens, Conan Doyle, PD James and Ruth Rendell.

Cardinal Richelieu

Brian Freeland lived in the Touraine village which was the home to Cardinal Richelieu, who went from priest to First Minister to King Louis XIV.  

The talk was on his memories of the village and the story of the Cardinal.

Stourhead House and Garden, Wiltshire

This property is set in 2,650 acres of beautiful Wessex countryside.  The House was one of the first built in the Palladian style.  It contains a unique Regency library, Chippendale furniture and a collection of interesting paintings.   

The beautiful landscape gardens are set in a wooded valley, which should be full of colour when we visit.  A pleasant walk can be taken around the lake, passing temples and monuments which survive from the past.

The Crown Jewels

Pat Kingshott, who worked at the Tower of London for ten years, executed an excellent walk through the magnificent collection of the Crown Jewels in her illustrated talk

Ascott House, Buckinghamshire

This is a half timbered house dating back to the 16th century and transformed by the Rothschilds  in the 19th century.   There are several exceptional collections within the house. The property is administered by the Rothschild family. The gardens contain specimen trees, formal and natural areas.



Christmas Lunch

At the Windsor Hotel

Chatham Historic Dockyard

We start our visit with a Guided Tour in our coach.

There are plenty of areas to explore including: RNLI Historic Lifeboats, Historic Warships, Railway Workshop and Victorian Ropery.  Good walking shoes are required as there are cobbled areas and areas unsuitable for people with access problems.

Leonardslee Gardens

A late afternoon visit in December to enjoy the stunning Christmas lights display

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