While we have the boat moored on the outskirts of London for maintenance and renovation we have decided to hire a car, join the National Trust and see sites that we wouldn't normally see from either a canal or a river. The National Trust membership entitles you to visit any number of stately homes managed by the National Trust as many times as you like throughout the year. It also enables you to visit the parks attached to the stately homes, outside of normal hours in many cases. Well worth the money when you consider that, as a couple, you can visit 4 homes and you have paid for your membership.
|Polesden Lacey Park|
This is a delicious house...' remarked Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother on her honeymoon at Polesden Lacey. This country retreat has glorious views across the rolling Surrey Hills and acres of countryside. It was home to famous Edwardian hostess Mrs Greville, who entertained royalty and the celebrities of her time.
|Osterley Park Gardens|
|Relaxing in the sun at Osterley|
|The aviary at Waddesdon|
|Artwork in the Park at Waddesdon|
|Beautiful walks at Waddesdon|
|Bunker chart room at Hughendon|
At Hughenden we had a small private tour and were told about the secret history of Hughenden during the second World War. Of course the most important person to live here was the Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli. It is these small guided tours that I find really interesting as they quite often give more detail than you can find on the official guide books.
|Rear of West Wycombe|
|Lake at West Wycombe|