Being a local tourist in your own city is one of the best local adventures one can partake in. Visiting Ashdown House is my third local adventure of 2017, I am excited to see even more places around me. What has truly fascinated me since joining the National Trust is just how much there is to see. I live in Oxfordshire but also very close to Berkshire and London, making this the primal location. Local adventures are plentiful including my own little village of Didcot, a living museum of Great Western Railway.
There are so many local adventures that I will be embarking on between now and end of 2017. At the moment, my plan is to visit as many National Trust properties in Oxfordshire and Berkshire as possible. Then I will move afield to the nearest counties around England and Wales. With that being said, here is my latest adventure to Ashdown House.
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Ashdown House #localtourist
Ashdown House, also known as Ashdown Park is a 17th-century country house in Oxfordshire. The house was built in a hunting style by William for his good friend Elizabeth as a retirement home. Unfortunately Elizabeth, sister of Charles I died before the house could be completed. The house has had it’s fair share of tenants including the army during the world war II.
In 1956, Ashdown House became a National Trust property after being donated by William’s wife. The army had left the house in such a state that to be maintained the house is tenanted out. Though mostly only rich people have rented the house and only for short period of time.
The house has been restored and is accessible to the public for guided tours on Wednesdays between 2pm and 4pm. All tours start at quarter past the house and last up to 45 minutes if not less from the stair case to the roof. I was truly impressed with how detailed the tour guide was, explaining each painting in the house. The rest of the estate is also well maintained, the grounds are gorgeous all around the house.
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When it comes to parking, there isn’t a lot of room to park cars and you can not park closer to the house. But what I can promise is the beautiful scenery from outside the house and also from the house. The rest of the property is child friendly, there is lots of space for kids to place.
Address: Lambourn, Newbury, Berkshire, RG17 8RE