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.
opening times) for a guided tour of the house as well. And then show me photos...
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!
144-150 Richmond Hill
Pyjamas - Wolf & Whistle Plum Satin Pyjama Set (available at ASOS)
Pendant - Labradorite Magic Pendant c/o
Chain - Ernest Jones
|A little glimpse at the afternoon tea enjoyed soon after arriving at the Richmond Hill Hotel - such gorgeous sweet treats and pink china!|
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.
And 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?