About

simon jenkins

I enjoy visiting houses, gardens and architecture.

While reading the index of ‘England’s 1000 best houses’  I realised just quite how many.

I have taken 1000s of pictures of the places I visit.

In an attempt to remember where we’ve been, I’ve started recording the trips & my itineraries in this diary.

My favourite house to date: Wilton House

My favourite garden to date: The Walled Garden at Houghton Hall

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You can follow by everyday travels on instagram @visitinghousesandgardens

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You can find my favourite pictures on Tumblr

Here’s my first post, and one a little while in about what I’d learned along the way.

20 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Robin,
    Might I have your permission to use the pic of Beaulieu in a book on WW” secret agents infiltrated into Europe. Due acknowledgement will be given of course.
    Regards,
    Bernard O’Connor

  2. Visiting houses & gardens.
    Been doing it for over twenty years and just come across your website Robin.
    Amazing! My wife and I are still novices yet love visiting the many NT offerings, we’ve have recently have joined HHA and on first inspection they seem to offer better value for old giffers like ourselves than the NT?

    Your website is now in my ‘favourites’ and I will return to read your fascinating reports of the places you visit.
    Many Many thanks

    Stuart

  3. Hello, Robin –
    I am an avid fan of white gardens. Do you have any white garden recommendations? I’ve visited Sissinghurst a couple times. Also the white rooms / gardens at Hidcote, Cothay, Tintinhull.
    Cheers,
    Loi

    1. There is a very nice white border at Highclere (of Downton Abbey fame) in the monk’s garden. It’s true – many lovely white gardens. I went through a period of just white and green until the vine weevil killed a lot and this year I’m on blood red and white, which ties indoors and outdoors well because I use red and white inside too. Love your blog too. Such graceful pieces. I’ll keep an eye out for white gardens because we were somewhere recently and I know D was talking to somone about white gardens…I’ll have to ask where it was and get back to you. Could have been Boughton House – think it was, in the inner courtyard in the older part of the house. So serene.

  4. Great idea for a blog! You’ve visited some amazing places – I’ve been inspired to go exploring myself!

  5. Thanks for visiting my website – and do drop by again, like tomorrow when I will be writing about a wonderful house which has been restored.
    I look forward to reading through your own explorations in the days ahead…
    Best wishes,
    The Irish Aesthete

  6. Hello Robin, was looking up pictures of Chelsea Flower Show 2013 “shopfronts” and came across your blog. It is wonderful and thank you for sharing. Have lived in the UK twice in past 13 years (Weybridge and most recently just off Sloane Sq) and just left in Oct for NYC, cannot tell you how much I miss beautiful gardens, flowers, architecture, nature, as living in concrete jungle now. Signed up for your newsletter so looking forward to all of your postings. Love your photography and your writing.
    Warm regards,
    Nova

      1. Thank you! I have been to many amazing places in Yorkshire, many of them not normally open to the public, but I have not yet managed to get to Brockfield, so you pictures will be a great help!

  7. Sutton Park I have been to; Nunnington not. There is a particularly interesting early 18th cent. view of Buckingham House in the hall at Sutton Park which deserves more careful study, as it is hard to date more closely.

  8. Wonderful! You found me through our mutual study of Italian. I come here and discover we also share a mutual love of old houses and architecture. Added benefit for me, the houses and architecture are English! I am fascinated by all things English. My ancestors came from Scotland and England in the late 1600s and early 1700s. My DNA cries out for all things from “home.” Thanks for finding me!

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