Hinton Ampner, February
Hinton Ampner is a National Trust property and country estate in Hampshire, not too far from Winchester. Rapl Dutton, 8th Lord Sherbourne, inherited the house in 1935, rebuilding it in 1960 following a devastating fire.
Surrounded by gardens, parkland and woodland there's plenty for visitors to do outside of the house itself. There was a free trail quiz for the children to do which mainly involved the walled garden that perfect for their 6 and 7 year old ages. The walled garden was a super space and the trail quiz encouraged them to stop and really look at the garden.
The grounds of Hinton Ampner are great for children and adults alike and when we went in the half term holidays there were plenty of children enjoying the space, rolling down banks, admiring the carpets of snowdrops and playing hide and seek.
Sadly on our visit much of the gardens were cordoned off, too muddy to tackle following the recent Februarys rain, but we plan to return in a month or two to wander along the towering beech avenues through the woodland walk. What we saw of Hinton Ampner we loved!
Armed with gloves, scarves, hats and the Panasonic Lumix LX100 we explored Hinton Ampner. Being lightweight the Lumix is a joy to carry about, not getting in the way of things in the same way that a DSLR does. It also means that I don't have to carry a large bag of camera accessories about with me.
When you walk around the grounds of Hinton Ampner, you'll see All Saints church, a church set in the grounds , snowdrops, grounds, the walled garden, beehives and the house itself. You really feel like you are in a picture perfect snapshot of England. And yes, I totally started to daydream that I was living there (something I always seem to do at these places - is it just me that does that?!)
Entry to Hinton Ampner is free with National Trust membership. Otherwise it's £8 for adults, £4 for children and £20 for family entry. Please check the National Trust website to see the current opening times (direct link here).