The Kymin (Monmouth, Wales): in need of a hot summer Georgian day

The wind was howling, the rain battering, the windows steamed, the ground sodden, the road up to it very narrow, very steep, the view almost impossible to see, but we made it up the Kymin, which I’m told is a beautiful picnicking spot, so lovely that the Georgians built a folly up there and had a lady make them tea.  They had stables and built a bowling green.

Reason to visit: if ever there were a perfect setting for some sort of scene in an 18th century novel.

Later, for a sum ‘commoners’ could visit and also purchase tea.  Later still, someone lived in the property. Now, the National Trust own it.  Given the weather conditions (and that D refused to get out of the car and ate sandwiches from the lap behind the steering wheel instead), I got a personal tour.

 

I’m sure it is lovely up there on a summer’s day.  I think the small fragment of paintwork that reveals the original decoration is the best bit about here though.

 

When visited: April 2012

House * out of 5: **

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kymin/

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