Category Archives: South East

116. Newtown Old Town Hall and Nature Reserve – 4/6/2017

Here’s an experiment for you: tell someone that you are visiting the Newtown Old Town Hall and wait for either the confused expression on their face or the mocking comments. The name certainly seems to be a contradiction in terms … Continue reading

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115. Mottistone Gardens – 4/6/2017

The only thing I really knew about Mottistone Gardens before I visited was that Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter were married at the small Mottistone church in 2015 and held their reception in the grounds of Mottistone Manor. I am … Continue reading

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114. Bembridge Windmill – 3/6/2017

For the second of the Isle of Wight visits, we headed off to Bembridge, which is at the complete opposite end of the island from The Needles. Bembridge is home to a windmill and a fort, both of which are … Continue reading

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113. The Needles Batteries – 2/6/2017

When considering the two ends of the Needles Headland on the Isle of Wight, the expression ‘chalk and cheese’ has never seemed more appropriate. The chalk is there in literal abundance, with bright white cliff faces and the famous sea … Continue reading

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104. Mottisfont – 31/3/2017

Whatever it is you look for from a National Trust property, Mottisfont will probably oblige as it can best be described as a smorgasbord. For architecture buffs, it serves up Medieval, Tudor and Georgian period features, while art lovers can … Continue reading

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91. Nuffield Place – 19/8/2016

Nuffield Place is the former home of William Morris, but before you dash down there expecting decorative wallpapers and tales of slightly barmy artists, please be aware that this is not the William Morris of the Arts & Crafts movement, but … Continue reading

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90. Woolbeding Gardens – 12/8/2016

A visit to Woolbeding Gardens requires a little more effort than most properties:  it is only open on Thursdays and Fridays in the spring and summer; you have to pre-book tickets so cannot just turn up on the day; and … Continue reading

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