Friday, 18 November 2016

24 Hours In Richmond

View from Richmond Hill in WinterSo, I've been fairly quiet on social media this week - but with good reason!  I found myself spending some time in Richmond after passing through for the hundredth time last month and becoming more and more curious ever since.  After a fair bit of research, it quickly became apparent there's a lot to do in the area.  However with just 24 hours (give or take!) to explore, I've broken the brief visit into three parts: Ham House and Garden, a stay at the Richmond Hill Hotel and a visit to Richmond Park.  Anticipate a three-course menu for a slow-paced winter stay in Richmond - with some tasty food, satin pyjamas and deer thrown in for good measure!
Walkway to Ham House on a windy day

Beautiful gardens of Ham House in Richmond
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Side entrance to Ham House in Richmond

Ham House and Garden

It feels as though it's been ages since I last featured a historic house on A Glass Of Ice - madness!  Funnily enough, I'd marked Ham House down as somewhere I was familiar with and had previously visited.  Uh, wrong.  I may have heard plenty about the 17th century National Trust property, but I'd never actually stepped foot inside.  As it turns out, I'll have to wait to explore the house - I arrived on a day when entrance was only permitted for tour groups, and I'd missed the afternoon's tour group by 7 minutes!  Poor timing aside, the garden alone is worth stopping by to see; formal gardens, a walled kitchen garden and plenty of open spaces I can imagine going down well in the summertime. 

Psst!  Before visiting be sure to check opening and/or tour guide times.
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Ham House Kitchen Garden produce herbs and vegetables
Ham House side building historic Dairy
17th century Ham House building in Richmond London
After getting over that feeling of being the 'naughty kid' who isn't allowed near the rest of the group (promise I'm not still bitter), a tranquil walk around the exterior of the house revealed The Still House; a fascinating room home to garden produce/findings.  It's name comes from 'the stills used to distil the ingredients central to so many 17th Century medicines, cosmetics and confectionary'. Sweet accompanying brown tags are set beside each item to suggest their useful purpose.  The garden and smaller side buildings deserve a visit entirely of their own, though if you're looking to make a day of your visit, be sure to arrive in time (opening times) for a guided tour of the house as well.  And then show me photos...

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Richmond Hill Hotel Georgian Junior Suite
Richmond Hill Hotel Georgian Junior Suite yellow wallpaper

Richmond Hill Hotel

Having heard good things about Richmond Hill Hotel, a night's stay was booked to enjoy the Victorian hotel in 'upmarket Richmond' before heading to the very nearby park the next day.  The stay got off to a bumpy start after being underwhelmed by our initial room, however one quick trip back to reception followed by a more-than-reasonable upgrade fee saw us move to a Georgian Junior Suite that was absolutely beautiful.  Such flamboyant wallpaper is rare to see in most hotels and proved to be the perfect unique touch for the high-ceiling rooms.  Seriously, so beautiful - and such a cheery sight to wake up to!

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After a delicious dinner in the hotel room (total creature of habit and hardcore supporter of dining in your pyjamas) and an undisturbed sleep, I woke up feeling totally rested.  Speaking of which, I've continued my love for loungewear and nightwear with this gorgeous Wolf & Whistle satin pyjama set - is my heart the only one skipping a beat at the luxurious plum colour?!

Pyjamas - Wolf & Whistle Plum Satin Pyjama Set (available at ASOS)


Chain - Ernest Jones

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A little glimpse at the afternoon tea enjoyed soon after arriving at the Richmond Hill Hotel - such gorgeous sweet treats and pink china!


Richmond Park

How have I never visited London's largest Royal Park before?!  Situated just a couple of minutes away from the Richmond Hill Hotel, Richmond Park is undoubtedly one of the most impressive parks I've ever visited.  Since being created by Charles I in the 17th Century as a deer park, it's attracted a heap of (entirely deserved) attention.  Many stroll along with friends/family while others opt to drive or cycle through, and pretty much everyone seemingly hoping to photograph the herds of Red and Fallow deer.  

Psst!  There are guided walks taking place at Richmond Park on 3rd and 26th December.  They start at 10am and everyone is welcome - find out more.
Richmond Park deer during the wintertime
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Herds of deer in winter at Richmond Park London
Winter views from upmarket Richmond Hill LondonAnd back to Richmond Hill to admire the view!  It's been great taking the time to explore the town, though I'm well aware I've only just scratched the surface.  Many more trips to Richmond will be on the horizon starting this winter, though until my return I'd love to hear your thoughts on the popular town - do you spend much time there?  Any recommendations for when I return?

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. oh my gosh, these photos are just magical, and this place, too :) such a wonderful location to shoot :)
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  2. Looks like you had a great short visit, Gabrielle! You have been travelling a lot recently...I'm starting to wonder if you'll somehow wonder over to Canada anytime soon? ;-)

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    1. Haha sadly Canada isn't on the agenda (yet) - though hopefully in the future!

      Gabrielle x

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  3. What beautiful shots of Richmond and of you. Those gardens are so pristinely manicured, and I also love that wonderful yellow wallpaper. Simply glorious. Of course, your satin pajamas complimented it so nicely.
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  4. Looks like you had a great time and beautiful photos. Love it. :)

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  5. Oh my, it's so gorgeous!! That garden is seriously a stunner. Would love to be there to relax and explore.
    Great diary beautiful and your photos are always so amazing. Hope you had a lovely time.

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  6. When I lived in London, we often spent the day in Richmond and every time we walked in this beautiful park. The last time I went was ten years ago, these good memories remain intact. Thank you for this fabulous post. My favorites, I have to say.

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  7. Trust me, I have really missed UK so much because it's been almost a year since I moved back home. If I was there by now, I would be freezing in Manchester (well usually me lol) So, your photos really make me miss my second home.

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  8. Beautiful photos, Gabrielle. I love how you showcase some of the best places in the UK...definitely another to add to my list! The deer park looks so beautiful; I really want to go there! LOVE your black suede boots 👌 Angharad x

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  9. I have been to Richmond Park before! The hotel looks so cosy and pleasant. Would love to have stayed there as well.

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  10. Richmond is a place I really, really want to visit this year! Mainly to finally see the deer. It must be such a fascinating encounter. Ham House is such a stunning place, it's a pity you didn't get to visit it this time, but that gives you a perfect excuse to come back :D And those pyjamas are beautiful, and look luxurious indeed!

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  11. These photos are so bautiful, they remind me of those old searies with lots of landscape shots. Its amazing!

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  12. Oh wow, these photos are so dreamy. I wish I could just step into them! You've outdone yourself once again Gabrielle, and you looked chic as hell doing it!

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  13. These are absolutely stunning pictures - Richmond looks beautiful! Looks like such a relaxing break as well - also those boots are sooo nice!
    Amy xx
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  14. Wow...all these clicks are beyond beautiful... its so dreamy, so gorgeous and lovely... You look so beautiful my sweetheart...xoxo, Neha

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  15. lovely post :)

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  16. How gorgeous!! Such a stunning place

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  17. Richmond seems like a wonderful place to explore! It is amazing how you're always able to make the most out of your stay. Doing research before a trip is always a good idea, I must steal that tip from you. Sometimes I do it, but sometimes I forget....but it is a good thing to do, as it can always give us fresh idea and inspiration for organizing our time when travelling.

    This historical building is gorgeous...and that garden- heavenly. Stunningly beautiful photography, I really enjoyed this virtual tour of yours. You look absolutely perfect in that neutral styling. Those boots are so elegant and your coat is so pretty!


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  18. Wow! What a cute town, I love small towns! They always feel so intimate. These pictures are gorgeous and it looks like you had such a nice trip. Also, you look so pretty and polished! Gorgeous look. Those pajamas are super glamorous too!

    Also, just followed you on instagram! Love your feed! :)

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  19. Oh. My. God. Your boots. I NEED THEM! It looks like you had such a wonderful time!

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  20. wow the pictures are mindblowing
    Am loving your necklace,it's so stunning

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  21. OMG this place is so beautiful...
    Great photography..
    I can tell that you've had a blast
    xx
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  22. Love everything about this post! So cute!
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  23. Absolutely beautiful pictures, you and Richmond look stunning!

    x Caroline
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  24. Wow, I'm loving all these photos! Richmond looks amazing! I'm loving the decor in the hotel room, and that park looks magical with all the wildlife!

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  25. I love these photos! So calming haha

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  26. I'm so glad to hear that, Gabrielle, you would love it there - very picturesque and lots of activities on your doorstep

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  27. What a lovely hotel and all round place. Love the interior and the beauty all around.

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  28. Wonderful place!
    Have a nice week-end!
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  29. Really love Richmond, it's close enough to central but far enough to make it feel other worldly. And of course, those deer!

    I want your pyjamas!

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  30. Omg, I live near Richmond - let me know whenever you are around ;) Coffee? ;)

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  31. Those pictures are just so beautiful, such a lovely place. It looks like you really made the best of your short 24h trip. The hotel looks really nice too.
    Have a great Sunday Gabrielle :)
    xo
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  32. Girl your pictures are aways just so stunning, I swear you make me want to visit SO many places!! You look so lovely (as always!) and super Autumnal too!

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  33. I have never been to Richmond but looking at your photos, it seems so picturesque and beautiful :) I love the bright wallpaper in your hotel room and the afternoon tea looks delicious x

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  34. What a gorgeous place! Looks so peaceful and quiet :)
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  35. so pretty-I love your red outfit as well!
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  36. Such a wonderful place!! I really like the flowery pattern on the wall in the rooms and how luxurious the hotel looks like! And the park around it...so stunning and magical in this season! So many beautiful colors!
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  37. Richmond is such a gorgeous place to spent a day at this time of the year, your photos scream Autumn, such beautiful hues of brown, yellow and green! And just look at that afternoon tea, I definitely need to book in for one soon!

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  38. What beautiful shots of Richmond and you, Gabrielle, I wish I could visit it next year :)

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  39. I can definitely see how Richmond could be a lovely little distraction for you Gabrielle. And this was just in 24 hours so I would imagine that there is way more to be explored. I've only heard of Richmond Park and it certainly looks impressive through the glimpse in your photos!

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  40. Omg the garden in the third shot is too cute for words! I had no idea this huge park existed in London. Or in Richmond anyway. I swear you find the coolest places outside of the city! I would love to take the guided tour through here as I am a huge history buff. It's so picturesque! Hope you are having a great weekend. :)

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  41. Wow, the landscape looks fantastic! I'm absolutely a nature person ;) Love all your photos
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  42. What a beautiful place ! I love the wall paper , definitely worth the upgrade and your afternoon tea looks delicious :)

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  43. Richmond is such a stunning place. It's a shame you missed the tour.

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  44. I do love Richmond, it's so beautiful, especially the park! I still haven't gone looking for the deer yet though, that's definitely on my list. Your post may have just inspired me to go next weekend! That hotel wallpaper is so charming, I'd love waking up to such sunny colours!

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  45. That is soooo gorgeous! I always get super jealous when I see your gorgeous trips... And all the amazing photos you take... I think England has some seriously beautiful places... One of my top things on my bucket list is to see the most beautiful English gardens... Great post, as always xx

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  46. wow, lovely pictures... I have never been to a farm. Love your jacket up there..


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  47. How do you discover these gorgeous places? I love those cone shaped bushes. And your boots, they are so pretty! I just love everything!

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  48. Great day! Very beautiful coat!
    Have a nice new week!
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  49. Ohhh this looks so wonderful, cozy and relaxed!! Wow!! What a great destination for a 24 hours escape! You look gorgeous as well! Xx Susanne - http://bagatyou.com

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  50. This looks like the most chilled, cosiest, cutest 24 hrs ever. I still can't believe that I haven't been to Richmond when it really is so stunning!! Plus, you also look beyond gorgeous!

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  51. What a stunning place, I love it x

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  52. Such a good plan! It's amazing how many wonders are near us and we sometimes don't notice. The house is really beautiful and so is the park.

    Jasmine x
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  53. I wish my pyjamas looked even half as stylish, haha! :) That is a gorgeous countryside and it sounds like you had a great time visiting there.

    Hope you've had a wonderful weekend :)

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  54. Gorgeous post, it looks so nice there. As always you have the most amazing details. That necklace and your handbag are stunning.

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  55. These photos are absolutely gorgeous - such a good reason to be quiet on social media ;) It's always great to get away. Loving your outfits as always xx

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  56. ah this is beautiful, def visiting soon! its good to take a break from social media, planning to take offs on weekends.
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  57. Gabrielle, you've always managed to capture such awesome shots! Love them all! Hey dear, check out these Amazing Instagram Shots in DisneySea, Keio Plaza, Hilton Tokyo Bay! xoxo

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  58. The gardens at Ham House are so exquisite Gabrielle. I could walk around all day. They're so gorgeous. I love your outfit. That coat, bag & boots look amazing on you. Gorgeous area! You visit the best places. Your pictures always make me want to go there.
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  59. I LOVE these posts of yours!
    Sorry to hear you missed the group tour at Ham House, but even just the outside looks so pretty.
    Also, your pyjamas look gorgeous!
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  60. What a beautiful place Gabrielle! A must visit next time I am in UK.
    I saw your pyjamas on Instagram and I am thing of buying them as well.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration!
    Have a nice week!
    Cheers,
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  61. Such beautiful pictures !
    I'm obsessed with your pyjamas, seems so comfy !
    The hotel room is so gorgeous ! I love the deco.
    xx,
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  62. These photos are absolutely lovely. It looks so peaceful and fun with such a comfy and careless vibe which I just love. It is so relaxing and gives amazing winter feel xx

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  63. I go to Richmond quite often, especially recently for friends' birthdays :) I think we must live close to each other, I'd love to meet up for a coffee one day and meet you in person! I hope I don't sound like an overly keen stalker haha! :) xx

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    1. Hey Nevena! Haha not at all, I love the idea of meeting up - I'll drop you a message :)

      Gabrielle x

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  64. Richmond is such a beautiful area and very nearby, a place I should visit more often that's for sure. I used to go cycling here lots when I was a kid with my dad and best friend, great memories of stopping off for a hot chocolate and cake mid-way through our bike ride (totally defeating the purpose of keeping fit hehe)

    Lovely photographs here and it looks like you had a wonderful stay at the hotel, I especially like the look of the Afternoon Tea!

    Hope you're well lovely and hope to see you in the New Year!

    Lots of love,

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