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Saturday, 20 April 2019

Hinton Ampner | National Trust

Living on the South Coast, I'm very lucky to be surrounded with lots of opportunities to be a UK tourist. During the gorgeous weather of last year, I really started to explore my local area - the New Forest, wildlife parks, National Trust properties - and was surprised at how many different places I found to visit. This year, I thought I'd share some of my UK tourist destinations and share what is fabulous about them.

This Easter holiday, I visited Hinton Ampner, a National Trust property located near Alresford, Hampshire. The property boasts both a period house and a gorgeous set of grounds to explore. This is my favourite combination for a National Trust visit - a house packed full of history and beautiful grounds to get lost in.

The house was rebuilt by its last owner Ralph Dutton, after it was badly damaged in a catastrophic fire in the 1960s. Considering the amount of damage, you would never guess how badly the house was affected - it still looks beautiful and is filled with historic ornaments and paintings for you to enjoy.

The grounds are beautiful at this time of year, with blooming daffodils and tulips of every colour. It truly is a spring garden and now is definitely the time to enjoy it. There was something about seeing the trees finally bursting into green, I had a lovely little sit in the sunshine.

The National Trust are also great at holding extra events during the school holidays to include the children. This year, Hinton Ampner are holding an Easter Egg hunt, which I saw plenty of children running around and enjoying during my visit. My ticket for today was £15.50 for my entry, which gave me access to both the house and the grounds, and I definitely think I got my money's worth.

I thoroughly enjoy a visit to a National Trust property, and Hinton Ampner was a truly gorgeous spring visit. I'd really recommend checking out the National Trust properties in your local area.

Have you visited any National Trust properties?

Love Lexie

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