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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 the West Country in September 2018


Deer Parks and Petworth

Martyn Burkinshaw, Landscape Manager from Petworth gave us a talk on the Development of English Deer Parks and Petworth.

Podcasting to the Globe

Richard Vobes has been trying to break into television all his life.  He has had some strange adventures along the way, a journey of laughs and tears. This is the story of Richard’s great adventure of podcasting from a cramped beach hut in Worthing, to his listeners supporting his travels in America.

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.

St Mary’s House and Garden

An Enchanting late 15th Century timber framed House in magnificent gardens and charming cottage style tearooms.  Still lived in, this home has fine panelled rooms including including the unique  Elizabethan  painted room.   Five acres of beautiful Gardens, with a Ginkgo Biloba” living fossil tree, animal topiary and ”Secret” Garden.

Sussex Wildlife Trust

In a slight change to the advertised programme, Charlotte Owen from the Trust talked about her life as a Wildcall Officer.

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.