I enjoy visiting houses, gardens and buildings of many architectural styles. Over the years I have written this diary, documented the places that I visited, and created my own resources portal, listing everything from the architectural details that I’ve noted along the way, to the name of the shop where I bought my wallpaper. It’s my own giant scrapbook, which I’m very happy to share with you.
What started it all?
In 2011, while reading the index of ‘England’s 1000 best houses’ I realised just quite how many houses on Simon’s list I had already visited; but how many more there are worthy of visiting.
I have taken 1000s of pictures of the places I visit.
In an attempt to remember where we’ve been and capture some of the memories and inspiration of the day, I started recording the trips & my itineraries.
My favourite house to date: Wilton House
What started as architecture journey has over the last decade developed organically into a deep appreciation also (perhaps more so) of the natural world and gardens; how they compliment and often elevate the architecture of the building that they surround.
“You open the gate to a garden as you would open the first page of a new book, with the hope of living a moment of happiness in the discovery of a place, a story a human adventure, a time to dream, away from the bustle of everyday life, dream and escape……a moment outside of time” – THIERRY & MONIQUE DRONET.
I have a separate journal documenting my forays into horticulture at https://journaldejardinage.wordpress.com/
You can follow by everyday travels on instagram @visitinghousesandgardens
You can find my favourite pictures on Tumblr
And I try to keep up with the news via Twitter