Five Favourite National Trust Properties

I blooming love being a member of the National Trust. Here in the UK we have some truly wonderful locations and history, and it feels really special to explore them. I always learn something from my visits, and I have created some wonderful memories with my family at their properties over the years.  

a black and white photo of an arched stone corridor in fountains abbey, with a crucifix silhouetted in the window at the end

bowls of salad, roast potatoes, and roast chickens on a picnic bench

Such is my love for this place, I have planned my imaginary wedding here! I think a lot of my love is tied to the memories of summer days I've spent exploring the Abbey. When I've visited with my parents we have always struck lucky with the weather, and once there was a rotisserie van serving potatoes, chicken, and salad. A simple meal, but eating it outdoors, after a long walk, was one of the most memorable meals of my life!

Technically not a property but I couldn't leave it out! Based a little further afield, in North Wales, my family likes to call in after a day in Llandudno. I really enjoy the variety of flowers and features here, there's so much to explore, or visitors can simply sit and relax in the peaceful surroundings. The cafe is particularly nice, and there are a few little shops with local, independent wares, which would make lovely souvenirs of your trip.

 a speckled brown doe turning around to look over her shoulder

I've lost count of how many times we have walked the hallways of the house or pottered by the plants in the spectacular gardens here, and yet every time we visit there is something new to be discovered. The first time we visited Dunham was when we made the best discovery of all- it's home to hundreds of deer!

I have to give a special mention to the restaurant and cafe at Dunham, too, because the food is delicious and sourced as locally as their own garden when possible. You can really taste how fresh and clean the vegetables are, and everything tastes especially lovely after a biting winter walk.

I wrote a full love letter here, but in a nutshell Allan Bank is like visiting an eccentric old aunt! It's very informal and a great one for families, as you don't have to worry about your littles touching what they shouldn't or getting bored if they're too young to take in the history, as this is the most interactive National Trust property.

If Allan Bank is informal, Lyme Park is the complete opposite- it's no surprise that it was chosen for the backdrop for Pride and Prejudice! I had my own romantic moment there when I visited with my boyfriend and Lyme's very own costume queen kitted us out in period clothing. I felt like I was in a BBC drama!

This post isn't sponsored in any way, I just wanted to share my love for the places that are now woven into my memories, my family. I feel so privileged to have visited these beautiful places, and I am always excited to explore and discover more. 

Have you visited any National Trust properties?



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