Houses & gardens visited

Although I keep remembering long forgotten visited destinations that I will continue adding to the list, here is a pretty good list of where I’ve been so far (excluding the current year).  Since I started writing this diary I have kept a list of places visited each year:

INDEX: Gardens visited as part of the annual London Open Squares weekend (June)

Where houses are listed as NT, English Heritage, HHA or Art Fund, entrance was free when we visited with the respective memberships.

(click on the link to go direct to the county/country)

  1. Bedfordshire
  2. Berkshire
  3. Buckinghamshire
  4. Cambridgeshire
  5. Cheshire
  6. County Durham
  7. Cumbria & the Lake District
  8. Derbyshire
  9. Devon & Cornwall
  10. Dorset
  11. Essex
  12. Gloucestershire
  13. Hampshire
  14. Herefordshire
  15. Hertfordshire
  16. Isle of Wight
  17. Kent
  18. Lancashire
  19. Lincolnshire
  20. London & inside the M25
  21. Norfolk
  22. Northamptonshire
  23. Northumberland
  24. Oxfordshire
  25. Scotland
  26. Shropshire
  27. Staffordshire
  28. Surrey
  29. Sussex
  30. Wales
  31. Warwickshire
  32. West Midlands
  33. Wiltshire
  34. Worcestershire
  35. Yorkshire

The rest of the world

  1. Canada
  2. France
  3. Italy
  4. Netherlands, The
  5. Switzerland
  6. USA



Bedfordshire Houghton House (EH) (2012)
Bedfordshire Turvey House(2012)
Bedfordshire Woburn Abbey (2016)
Bedfordshire Woburn Abbey (HHA) (2012)
Bedfordshire Woburn Abbey (HHA) (2013)
Bedfordshire Woburn Abbey, (HHA) (2011)
Bedfordshire Wrest Park (EH/Art Fund) (2013)


Berkshire Dorney Court (HHA) (2013)
Berkshire Windsor Castle


Buckinghamshire Claydon House (NT) (2012)
Buckinghamshire Cliveden Gardens (NT) (2011)
Buckinghamshire Hugheden Manor (NT) (2010)
Buckinghamshire Stowe House & Gardens (HHA/NT) (2013)
Buckinghamshire Stowe Landscape Gardens (NT) (2012)
Buckinghamshire Waddesdon Manor (NT) (2010)


Cambridgeshire Burghley House (HHA) (2009)
Cambridgeshire Cambridge University Colleges (not all of them yet)
Cambridgeshire Elton Hall, Nr Peterborough (2010)
Cambridgeshire Farm Hall (2010)
Cambridgeshire Island Hall (2010)


Cheshire Abbeywood Gardens (2016)
Cheshire Bluebell Cottage Garden (2016)
Cheshire Cholmondeley Castle Gardens – website (2016)
Cheshire Dunham Massey (NT) (2009), 2011)
Cheshire Little Moreton Hall (2016)
Cheshire RHS Tatton Park Flower Show (2013)
Cheshire Tatton Park Gardens (NT) (2009)
Cheshire Tatton Park Mansion (2014)

County Durham

County Durham Bessie Surtees House, Newcastle (EH)
County Durham Bowes Museum
County Durham Rokeby Park

Cumbria & the Lake District

Cumbria Acorn Bank
Cumbria Allan Bank & Grasmere (NT) (2014)
Cumbria Askham Hall
Cumbria Beatrix Potter Gallery
Cumbria Dalemain Mansion (HHA) (2014)
Cumbria Hill Top (NT) (2014)
Cumbria Holkham Hall (HHA)
Cumbria Hutton in the Forest (HHA) (2014)
Cumbria Larch Cottage nursery, nr Penrith
Cumbria Levens Hall – best topiary around (HHA) (2013)
Cumbria Levens Hall (HHA) (2013) (2014)
Cumbria Mirehouse
Cumbria Morland House gardens
Cumbria Muncaster Castle (HHA) (2014)
Cumbria Seizergh Castle (NT) (2013) (2014)
Cumbria Town End
Cumbria Wordsworth House, Cockermouth (NT) (2014)
Cumbria Wray Castle (NT) (2014)


Derbyshire Calke Abbey (2009)
Derbyshire Chatsworth House (2000) (2009) (Christmas opening 2011 visit) (2012)
Derbyshire Haddon Hall (HHA) (2012)
Derbyshire Hardwick Hall (2009, 2012)
Derbyshire Kedleston Hall (NT) (2010)

Devon & Cornwall

Devon & Cornwall A la Ronde, Devon (NT) (2009)
Devon & Cornwall Castle Drogo (2009)
Devon & Cornwall Colvelly, Devon (2009)
Devon & Cornwall Fursdon, Devon (HHA) – great cream teas (2009)
Devon & Cornwall Lanhydrock, Cornwall (2009)
Devon & Cornwall Pencarrow, Cornwall (2009)
Devon & Cornwall Powderham Castle, Devon (NT) (2009)
Devon & Cornwall RHS Rosemoor,  Devon (2009)
Devon & Cornwall Sand,  Devon (HHA) (2009)
Devon & Cornwall St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall (NT) (2009)
Devon & Cornwall Tiverton Castle, Devon (2009)
Devon & Cornwall Trelissick Gardens, Cornwall (NT) (2009)
Devon & Cornwall Trerice, Corwnwall (2009)
Devon & Cornwall Tresco Abbey Gardens, Isles of Scilly (HHA) (2009)
Devon & Cornwall Trewithen, Cornwall (2009)


Dorset Kingston Lacy (NT)
Dorset Knoll Gardens, Dorset
Dorset Max Gate, Dorset
Dorset Thomas Hardy’s Cottage


Essex Audley End (EH) & Saffron Walden (2012)
Essex Havingham Castle (HHA) (2012)
Essex Hyde Hall Gardens (RHS) (2016)
Essex Layer Marney Tower (HHA) (2012)
Essex Rainham Hall (2016)


Gloucestershire Hidcote Manor (NT)
Gloucestershire Highgrove House (Royal Palaces)
Gloucestershire Sezincote Garden (2016)
Gloucestershire Snowshill Manor (NT)
Gloucestershire Sudeley Castle (HHA)
Gloucestershire Whittington Court


Hampshire Breamore Garden
Hampshire Highclere Castle (HHA) – aka Downton Abbey (2011)
Hampshire Hinton Ampner (NT) )2010)
Hampshire Houghton Lodge Garden (2015)
Hampshire Mottisfont (2010) (2017)
Hampshire Petworth House
Hampshire Stratfield Saye (2011)
Hampshire The Grange  (2015)
Hampshire The Vyne (NT) (2013)


Herefordshire Berrington Hall, website (2016)
Herefordshire Hampton Court Castle & Gardens (2016)


Hertfordshire Hatfield House (2015)
Hertfordshire Knebworth House (HHA)
Hertfordshire Shaw’s Corner (2016)
Hertfordshire St Albans and Cathedral (2016)

Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Mottistone Gardens (2017)
Isle of Wight Osborn House (2017)
Isle of Wight The Needles (2017)


Kent Chartwell (NT) – Churchill’s country retreat
Kent Chiddingstone Castle (HHA) (2013)
Kent Danson House
Kent Eltham Palace (2012, 2014)
Kent Godinton Garden  (HHA) (2013)
Kent Hall Place
Kent Hatchlands Park Gardens (NT) (2013)
Kent Hever Castle  (HHA) (2011) (2013)
Kent Hole Park (HHA) (2013)
Kent Ightam Mote (NT) (2010)
Kent Knole (NT) (2010), (2015)
Kent Leeds Castle
Kent Pashley Manor Gardens  (HHA) (2013)
Kent Penshurst Place (2014)
Kent Quebec House
Kent Red House (2016)
Kent Restoration House (HHA) (2013)
Kent Riverhill Gardens  (HHA) (2013)
Kent Scotney Castle (2015)
Kent Sissinghurst Castle Garden #1 (NT) (2013)
Kent Sissinghurst Castle Garden #2 (NT) (2013)
Kent Smallhythe Place (NT)
Kent Standen House (2015)


Lancashire Hoghton Tower (HHA) (2014)
Lancashire Lytham Hall (2014)
Lancashire Samlesbury Hall (HHA) (2014)


Lincolnshire Belton House, Nr Grantham (NT) (2012)
Lincolnshire Belvoir Castle, Nr Grantham(HHA) (2012)
Lincolnshire Elsham Hall (2016)
Lincolnshire Grimsthorpe Castle (HHA) (2014)
Lincolnshire Normanby Hall (2016)
Lincolnshire Woolsthorpe Manor (NT) (2014)

London & inside the M25

London 147 De Beauvoir Road N1 4DL (London Open House) (2013)
London 16 Queen Anne’s Gate  (private house) (2013)
London 17 Elgin Crescent (Open House)
London 19 Princelet Street  (2013)
London 2 Temple Place (2011)
London 2 Willow Road, Hampstead (NT) (2011)
London 35 Turret Grove  (NGS) (2013)
London 575 Wandsworth Road  (NT) (2013)
London 68 Dean Street (2010)
London Apsley House  (EH) (2013) (2016)
London Argentine Ambassador’s Residence (London Open House 2012)
London Banqueting House (2016)
London Barnard’s Inn (Open House)
London Benjamin Franklin’s House (2016)
London Blue Finn Building (London Open House 2009)
London Bruce Castle North London (2013)
London Buckingham Palace (Royal Palaces) (2003) (2006)
London Capel Manor Gardens Greater London (2012)
London Carlyle House (2008)
London Charles Dickens Museum – pre-refurbishment (Art Fund) (2011)
London Charles Dickens House – post-refurbishment (Doughty Street) (Art Fund) (2013)
London Chelsea Flower Show (2013)
London Chelsea Flower Show (RHS) (2013)
London Chelsea in Bloom (2012), Chelsea in Bloom (2013)
London Chelsea Physic Garden (2007, 2012)
London Chiswick House (English Heritage) (2008)
London Chiswick House  (Art Fund) (2013)
London Clarence House (2006)
London Customs House (London Open House) (2013)
London Dennis Severs’ House (2012)
London Dr Johnson’s House (2012)
London Dulwich Picture Gallery (Art Fund) (2013)
London Eastbury Manor House (2014)
London Embassy of Slovakia (Open House)
London Emery Walker’s House(2012)
London Fenton House (2009, 2011)
London Forty Hall (Enfield) (2015)
London Foundling Museum (2012)
London Garden Museum (2008, 2011)
London Geffrye Museum (The Museum of the Home) (2012)
London Greenwich – The Admiral’s House, Royal Naval Museum, Greenwich nr London (London Open House 2012)
London Greenwich – The Painted Hall.  Royal Naval Museum
London Greenwich – The Royal Naval Museum Chapel designed by James A Stuart
London Ham House (NT) (2007, 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018)
London Hampton Court Flower ShowHampton Court Flower Show (2012)
London Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Court nr London (Royal Palaces) (2011)
London Hertford House, Central London (now houses The Wallace Collection)
London Horse Guards HQ – Open House (2016)
London Keats’ House, Hampstead (Art Fund) (2012)
London Kelmscot House, William Morris (2007)
London Kensington Palace
London Kenwood House (2011) (2016)
London Kew Gardens, Kew London (2003, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015)
London Kew Palace, Kew (2012)
London Lambeth Palace Gardens (2008) (2016)
London Leighton House Museum (2013)
London Marble Hill House, Twickenham (EH) (2012)
London Marlborough House (London Open House 2012)
London Museum of the Home (The Geffrye) (2012)
London Neo Bankside (London Open House) (2013)
London Osterley Park (NT) (2009), 2012), Osterley Park (2015)
London Perronet House (Open House)
London Petersham Nurseries, Petersham (2017)
London Pitzhanger Manor (2013)
London Queen’s House, (London Open House 2012) (2017)
London Ranger’s House, Greenwich (English Heritage) (2011)
London Red House (NT) – William Morris’ self-designed home (2011) (2017)
London Reform Club (London Open House 2012)
London RHS Autumn Festival(2016)
London RHS Hampton Court Flower Show (2017)
London RHS Urban Gardens (2016)
London Rutland House (London home of the Dukes of Rutland of Belvoir Castle & Haddon Hall – Royal Overseas League (Open House)
London Soane Museum (former home of Sir John Soane)
London Southside House, Wimbledon
London Spitalfields Gardens (Yellow Book Gardens): 20 Fournier Street, 21 Princelet Street, 21 Wilkes Street, 31 Fournier Street, 34 Hanbury Street, 7 Fournier Street (2014)
London St James’ Palace, Central London (Royal Palaces) (2003)
London St Paul’s Cathedral  (2011, 2012, 2015)
London Strawberry Hill (2013) (2017, garden only)
London Sutton House (NT) (2011)
London Swedish Ambassador’s Residence (London Open House 2012)
London Syon House & Garden, Brentford (2011), Syon House Gardens (2012), Syon House (2015)
London Syon House (Middlesex) (HHA) (2013)
London The Fan Museum, Greenwich London (2016)
London The Gherkin (London Open House 2012)
London The Holme, Central London (NGS)
London The House of St Barnabas, Central London (2010)
London The Houses of Parliament (inc. the Stranger’s Dining Room and the Member’s Dining Room) (2012)
London The Jewel Box (London Open House) (2013)
London The Mansion House, Central London (2012)
London The Queen’s House, Greenwich (2016)
London The Shard (2013)
London The Walkie Talkie Roof Garden
London The White House (Ealing, London Open House) (2013)
London Tower of London (2015)
London Trinity House (Open House)
London Unilever House (Open House)
London Vernon House now incorporated into the HQ of the Royal Overseas League (Open House)
London Water House – William Morris Gallery, North East London (2013)
London Westminster Abbey: Little Cloister (2009)
London Westminster House – Open House (2016)


Norfolk Blickling Hall (NT) (2012): gardens
Norfolk Blickling Hall (NT) (2012): interiors
Norfolk Bolwick Hall Gardens (NGS) (2012)
Norfolk Felbrigg Hall (NT) (2012)
Norfolk Holkham Hall (HHA) (2012)
Norfolk Houghton Hall (HHA) (2012)
Norfolk Mannington Hall (HHA) (2012)
Norfolk Priory Maze & Gardens (2012)
Norfolk Raveningham Gardens (HHA) (2012)
Norfolk Sandringham (Royal Palaces) (2012)
Norfolk Sommerleyton Hall (HHA) (2012)
Norfolk Stody Lodge Gardens (HHA) (2012)
Norfolk Strangers House (2012)
Norfolk Wolterton Park (HHA) (2012)


Northamptonshire 78 Derngate, website (2016)
Northamptonshire Althrop House (2012)
Northamptonshire Boughton House (HHA) (2012)
Northamptonshire Canons Ashby (NT) (2011)
Northamptonshire Cottesbrooke Hall (2010)
Northamptonshire Deene Park (HHA) (2012)
Northamptonshire Kelmarsh Hall (HHA) (2010
Northamptonshire Lamport Hall (HHA) (2010
Northamptonshire Southwick Hall (HHA) (2012)


Northumberland Alnwick Castle Gardens, Alnwick Castle (2014)
Northumberland Chillingham Castle (HHA)
Northumberland Cragside (NT)


Oxfordshire Blenheim Palace (2011), Blenheim Palace (2012)
Oxfordshire Broughton Castle (HHA)
Oxfordshire Chastleton House (2016)
Oxfordshire Farnborough Hall (NT)
Oxfordshire Le Manoir aux Quat’saisons – Great Milton Manor House (2014)
Oxfordshire Oxford Botanic Garden
Oxfordshire Stonor Park (HHA) (2013)


Scotland Carolside, Berwickshire (HHA)
Scotland Culzean Castle & Country Park (Ayrshire – NTS)
Scotland Dalmeny House,  nr Edinburgh (HHA)
Scotland Drumlanrigh House
Scotland Dumfries House, Cumnock (HHA/Art Fund)
Scotland Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
Scotland Falkland Palace, Fife (NT)
Scotland Floors Castle, Roxburgshire (HHA)
Scotland Georgian House, Edinburgh (NT)
Scotland Gladstone’s Land, Edinburgh (NT)
Scotland Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh (Royal Palaces)
Scotland Hopetoun House (HHA)
Scotland Mellerstain House (HHA)
Scotland Paxton House, Berwickshire (HHA)
Scotland Scone Palace, Perthshire (HHA)


Shropshire Attingham Park (NT) (2010)
Shropshire Attingham Park gardens (2016)
Shropshire Hodnet Hall Gardens,website (2016)
Shropshire Wollerton Old Hall Gardenswebsite (2016)
Somerset Assembly Rooms, Bath (2009) (2016)
Somerset Clevedon Court (NT)
Somerset Prior Park, Bath (2016)
Somerset, No 1. Royal Crescent, Bath (2016)


Staffordshire Alton Towers
Staffordshire Biddulph Grange Garden (2016)
Staffordshire Moseley Old Hall (NT)
Staffordshire Shugborough (NT)
Suffolk Flatford Mill (2012)
Suffolk Hoveton Hall Gardens
Suffolk Ickworth (NT)


Surrey Clandon Park (NT) (before it burned down)
Surrey Claremont Landscape Garden  (NT) (2013)
Surrey Claremont Landscape Garden (NT)
Surrey Hatchlands Park
Surrey Loseley Park
Surrey Painshill Park
Surrey Polseden Lacey (2013)
Surrey RHS Wisley Gardens (March 2013) (July 2013), (2016), (July 2017)
Surrey RHS Wisley  (April 2013)
Surrey RHS Wisley (Nov 2013)
Surrey RHS Wisley (RHS) – (May 2013)
Surrey The Homewood (NT) (2013)
Surrey Vann Garden (HHA) (2015


Sussex Bateman’s (NT – Rudyard Kipling’s home)
Sussex Bodiam Castle (2013)
Sussex Brighton Pavilion (2016)
Sussex Great Dixter (HHA)
Sussex Lamb House (NT)
Sussex Merriments Garden (2017)
Sussex Michelham Priory (2017)
Sussex Pashley Manor (2013) (2017)
Sussex Petworth House (2015)
Sussex Uppark House
Sussex Wakehurst Place & gardens (NT)
Sussex, East Alfriston Clergy House (2017)
Sussex, East Great Dixter  (HHA) (2013)
Sussex, East Great Dixter Garden (2017)
Sussex, East Lamb House & Rye (NT) (2013)
Sussex, West Chichester Cathedral
Sussex, West Goodwood House
Sussex, West Nymans, (2017)
Sussex, West Parham House
Sussex, West West Dean Gardens (summer, 2015)
Sussex, West West Dean Gardens (winter, 2015)


Wales Aberconway House, (NT) (2000) (2012)
Wales Bodnant Gardens, (NT) (2012)
Wales Botanic Gardens of Wales (2012)
Wales Chirk Castle, Wrexham (NT) (2012)
Wales Colby Woodland Gardens, (NT) (2012)
Wales Conway Suspension Bridge, (NT) (2012)
Wales Cornwall House, Monmouth (HHA) (2012)
Wales Erdigg, Wrexham (NT) (2012)
Wales Llanecheron, (NT) (2012)
Wales Penrhyn Castle, (NT) (2012)
Wales Picton Castle, (HHA) (2012)
Wales Plas Brondanw Gardens, (HHA) (2012)
Wales The Kymin, nr Monmouth (NT) (2012)
Wales Tredegar House, (NT) (2012)
Wales Tudor Merchants House, Tenby (NT) (2012)


Warwickshire Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
Warwickshire Coughton Court (NT)
Warwickshire Mary Arden’s Tudor Farm
Warwickshire Ragley Hall (HHA)
Warwickshire Upton House (NT)

West Midlands

West Midlands Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
West Midlands Soho House, Birmingham
West Midlands Winterbourne House & Birmingham University Botanic Gardens, Birmingham


Wiltshire Avebury Manor Gardens (NT) (2009)
Wiltshire Bowood House (HHA) (2012)
Wiltshire Corsham Court (HHA) (2012)
Wiltshire Heale House Garden
Wiltshire Lacock Abbey grounds and cloisters & village (NT) (2012)
Wiltshire Little Clarendon (NT)
Wiltshire Longleat (HHA) (2009)
Wiltshire Mompesson House
Wiltshire Mompesson House (NT) (2011)
Wiltshire Salisbury Cathderal
Wiltshire Salisbury Museum
Wiltshire Stonehenge (2009)
Wiltshire Wilton House


Worcestershire Croome Court (HHA)
Worcestershire Greyfriars (NT)
Worcestershire Royal Worcester Museum (Art Fund)
Worcestershire Spetchley Park (HHA) (2014)


Yorkshire Bagshaw Museum (2013)
Yorkshire Beningbrough Hall (2009, 2012)
Yorkshire Bolling Hall (Bradford) (2015)
Yorkshire Bolton Castle
Yorkshire Bramham Park
Yorkshire Brockfield Hall (2012)
Yorkshire Burnby Hall Gardens
Yorkshire Burton Agnes Hall (2013) (2016)
Yorkshire Burton Agnes Hall Gardens (snowdrops) (2017)
Yorkshire Burton Constable Hall (2013)
Yorkshire Cannon Hall (2014)
Yorkshire Captain Cook’s Memorial Museum (2014)
Yorkshire Castle Howard (2011)
Yorkshire Castle Howard (HHA) (2012)
Yorkshire Castle Howard (Aug 2016)
Yorkshire Castle Howard – Christmas Opening (Dec 2016)
Yorkshire Cliffe Castle (2012)
Yorkshire Colne Valley Museum (2013)
Yorkshire Constable Burton Hall Gardens (2016)
Yorkshire Duncombe Park
Yorkshire East Riddleston Hall (2012)
Yorkshire Fairfax House (York) (ArtFund/HHA) (2013)
Yorkshire Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Gardens (Dec 2013)
Yorkshire Goddards Garden
Yorkshire Harewood Hous (2011) (2009 2014)
Yorkshire Harewood House (2013)
Yorkshire Hovingham Hall
Yorkshire Jorvik Viking Centre
Yorkshire Kiplin Hall (2016)
Yorkshire Lotherton Hall, nr Leeds (ArtFund card) (2012)
Yorkshire Markenfield Hall (2014)
Yorkshire Merchant Adventurer’s Hall (York) (ArtFund) (2013)
Yorkshire Millgate House Garden (2016)
Yorkshire Mount Grace Priory (EH/NT)
Yorkshire Museum of Industrial History, Bradford (2015)
Yorkshire Newby Hall
Yorkshire Norton Conyers (2014)
Yorkshire Nostell Priory (2010, 2012)
Yorkshire Nunnington Hall (2014)
Yorkshire Ormseby Hall, nr Middlesborough (NT) (2009)
Yorkshire Parcevall Hall Gardens (2017)
Yorkshire RHS Harlow Carr (2013) (2017) (2018)
Yorkshire RHS Tatton Park Flower Show  (2013)
Yorkshire Rievaulx Abbey
Yorkshire Ripley Castle (2017)
Yorkshire Scampston Hall Walled Garden (2016)
Yorkshire Sewerby Hall  (2016)
Yorkshire Shibden Hall
Yorkshire Sledmere House (2016)
Yorkshire Studley Royal Water Garden
Yorkshire Sutton Park (HHA)
Yorkshire Temple Newsam (2012)
Yorkshire Treasurer’s House (2012)
Yorkshire York Gate (2016)
Yorkshire Yorkshire Museum (York) (ArtFund) (2013)


The rest of the world



Canada Butchart Gardens (Victoria Island)
Canada Cartier House (Montreal)
Canada CN Tower (Toronto)
Canada Jardin Botanique (Montreal)
Canada Château Ramsey (Montreal) (2013)
Canada Maison Cartier (Montreal) (2013)
Canada Montreal Botanic Gardens (2013)
Canada Maison Defrusse (Montreal) (2013)
Canada Château Frontenac, Quebec City (2013)



France Chateau de Rothschild, Cannes (2015)
France Hotel du Ville, Cannes (2015)
France Japanese Gardens of Albert Kahn, Paris (2015)
France Jardin de Claude Monet, Giverny (2015)
France Palace Girabalidi, Monte Carlo (2015)
France Chateau de Fontainebleu (2015)
France Palais de Versailles (2015)
France Palais du Papes, Avignon (2015)



Italy Bargello Palace/Palazzo del Popolo, Florence
Italy Ca d’Oro, Venice (see here)
Italy Ca Pesaro, Venice (see here)
Italy Colloseum, Rome
Italy Doge’s Palace/Palazzo Ducale, Venice
Italy Giusti Garden, Verona  (2017)
Italy Herculaneum
Italy Isola Bella & Palazzo Borromeo, Lake Maggiore
Italy Isola Madre, Lake Maggiore
Italy Keats Shelly House, Rome
Italy La Villa Rotonda, nr Vicenza (2017)
Italy Medici Palazzo, Florence
Italy Palazzo Pitti & the Boboli Gardens, Florence
Italy Pompeii
Italy Regina di Caserta, Caserta
Italy Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza (2017)
Italy The Arena, Verona (2017)
Italy Tiberius’ Palace, Capri (2016)
Italy Vatican, The, Rome (2008)
Italy Villa Carlotta, Lake Como
Italy Villa del Balbianello, Lake Como – FAI
Italy Villa della Porta Bozzolo, Varese – FAI
Italy Villa Melzi (the gardens), Bellagio, Lake Como
Italy Villa Necchi Campiglio, Milan – FAI
Italy Villa Panza, Varese – FAI


Netherlands, The

Netherlands Keukenhof Gardenswebsite (2016)
Netherlands Prinsenhof, website (2016)
Netherlands Van Loon Museum website (2016)
Netherlands Zuiderzee Living Museum Villange, website (2016)



Switzerland Botanic Gardens, Lausanne (2017)
Switzerland Chillon Castle, Veytaux (on Lake Geneva) (2017)




USA Boston State House (Boston) (2013)
USA Castle in the Clouds,  NH
USA Empire State Building, NY
USA Frick Collection, New York
USA Gibson House Museum, Boston
USA Hamilton House, Maine
USA Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, Boston
USA Nichols House Museum, Boston
USA Otis House Museum, Boston
USA Rockafeller Centre, New York
USA Sarah Jane Orne Jewett House, Maine
USA Shirley Eustis House, Boston
USA Strawberry Banke, Portsmouth, MA



5 thoughts on “Houses & gardens visited

  1. I nice hobby visiting country houses and castles. Germany is missing on the list though. Some wonderful places there to visit like Linderhof, Herrenchiemsee, Würzburg, Moritzburg near Dresden, Ludwigsburg, Fasanerie near Fulda, Friedenstein Castle in Gotha, Brühl near Cologne, Eutin, Ludwigslust, Schwerin, alle the palaces at Potsdam, Charlottenburg Castle in Berlin, Emmeram Castle at Regensburg, Hohenzollern Castle, Neuschwanstein, Ansbach, Bamberg, etc.

    1. Hello Markus
      I haven’t been to Germany for a long time – not since I was 18 years old. I studied German at school, but castles aren’t my major passion and so I’ve never been back as an adult. Maybe one day, when I’ve exhausted my travels in Italy and France.

  2. Surprised you haven’t visited Beth Chatto garden in Elmstead Market – near Colchester. Fabulous imo – Beth Chatto was my inspiration; sadly we’ve lost her as she passed away last month.

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