A Mini Staycation

Over the past few years summer has always consisted of going abroad, exploring new cities and making new memories and I’m so grateful that I have been able to travel to so many beautiful cities. But as much as I love travelling abroad, I have also found a new love for exploring my own country and see all it has to offer. I’m not going to lie, I have been abroad this year and still have a few more trips in mind before the end of the year but unlike the past years I have ventured to more places around the UK than I usually do.

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I never saw myself as the kind of person who likes to visit old houses or manors and willingly learn about their history, but recently it’s all I’ve wanted to do. I love hearing stories about the owners of the houses, soaking in the history and admiring all the beautifully carved furnishings. There’s something so magical about stepping into a house which has been used in movies or TV shows you’ve watched before and feeling like you have been transported into another world.

Waddesdon Manor is definitely in my top 10 favourite houses I have visited, not only does it have the most beautiful gardens but the French Renaissance-style château is mesmerising. The picturesque architecture of the building and aesthetically pleasing surrounding grounds are breath taking. The property is far away from the busy local town, and surrounded by acres of lush green fields perfect for having a picnic or a stroll. I would definitely recommend you have a tour of the house because it’s just as mesmerising and elegant as the grounds, and full of so much history. Maybe even stop for a spot of afternoon tea outside with a lovely view of the gardens.

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Now for someone obsessed with anything floral, I love exploring the beautiful gardens surrounding the house. The surrounding grounds are so vast making them perfect for a picnic in the sunshine or just a stroll, no matter the weather they are always a joy to explore. Or if you’re like me, walk around the gardens a million times and take as many pictures of flowers as possible before its time to leave or someone has to physically drag you away (whoops).

One of my favourite house grounds and parks is Charlecote Park and House in the West Midlands. The gardens may not be amazing but the grounds surrounding the house are amazing. Before you even walk up to the main entrance of the house, there is an uneven path to your left which leads to their vast fields. Charlecote Park is well known for their deer, and they’re definitely worth the hype. I have never seen so many deer in one place, who are so comfortable to laze around with people constantly walking past them and taking pictures. As long as you don’t approach the deer or purposefully try to startle them, they are calm and gentle creatures. So if you’re looking for a place just to walk around Charlecote Park is perfect for that.

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Sadly summer is coming to an end and I’m going to miss the lovely weather we’re been having but honestly I can’t wait for autumn and all its cosiness. I hope you have all had a wonderful summer holiday so far and I shall see you again next week.

Love Sharuni xx

//24th August 2018//

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