Thursday, 5 June 2014

Out and about: Hinton Ampner in Hampshire

I'm a creature of habit and must confess that I have certain routines that I follow, especially at weekends when you've got all the time in the world: long morning workout, Starbucks, a bit of shopping etc. But as much as I like that routine, I'm always up for a day trip out somewhere - it's something different, you'll discover new places and things to do, a great opportunity to do some photography and it's almost like having a mini holiday. It doesn't even have to be great weather but of course it's a welcome bonus when it is, and when we went to Hinton Ampner a few weeks ago, the sun was out and it was a beautiful early summer day - so out with the sandals and show off those colorful, gem covered toe nails. Hinton Ampner is a beautiful manor in the rolling Hampshire countryside with lush colorful and romantic gardens, like something straight out of a Jane Austen novel. You can have a look inside the elegant and tasteful house, picture yourself snuggled up in front one of the gorgeous fireplaces or have a wander through the park or gardens before either heading for the tea room (yep, that's me) or enjoy a picnic looking out over the country side and then finish off with buying some locally made delicacies - cider, wine, jams, relishes and biscuits, everything you need for an evening snack. Needless to say Happy Snapper in me came out and took some photos that I'm showing today and I really hope you like them!
It's a lovely place that I highly recommend for a relaxing few hours out and about, and if like me you enjoy discovering places like this, you might want to invest in a National Trust Membership which gives you "free" (not counting the membership fee) access to more than 500 gorgeous mansion, parks and gardens in the UK, of which a lot of them have been used as filming locations and there are usually lots of interesting activities going on too.

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  1. Such gorgeous photos - would love to visit :-) xxx

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    1. Thank you very much, that's so lovely of you - it's a great little place for a relaxed day out :o) Xx

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  2. So beautiful!
    It reminds me of the secret garden!
    I love to stroll through huge estate gardens its so peaceful!
    xo Holly xo

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    1. I completely agree, and you can always find a nice little spot for a picnic :o) Xx

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  3. Gorgeous one...would like to follow each other..i would definitely follow you back..do let me know
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    1. That's so lovely of you, thank you VERY much :o) Xx

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    1. Thank you so much, it really means a lot :o) Xx

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  6. WOW beyond beautiful--the flowers are breathtaking :)

    Tori
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    1. There's nothing quite like nature's own color palette :o) Xx

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  7. really nice!

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  8. I am definitely like you I love visiting and exploring new places. The gardens at Hinton Apmner are so beautiful :) www.emmasbeginning.blogspot.com

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    1. It's just so much fun to do something different every now and then :o) Xx

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  9. what a beautiful place!!! the flowers/landscape is breath taking! :D

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    1. It's a great place, well worth a visit :o) Xx

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  10. Such gorgeous pictures Charlotte!

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  11. This looks absolutely gorgeous !!

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    1. It's small enough that you can discover all of it in a few hrs and the shop has got lots of yummy things :O) Xx

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  12. We have recently joined the National Trust and Hinton Ampner was the first place we visited a few weeks ago. Sadly the house wasn't open due to damage from the February storms but hopefully it will be open this month. Great photos. xx

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    1. Hey Sharon, I know - it's a shame, and fingers crossed they open it up again soon because the rooms are gorgeous :o) Xx

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  13. If only...
    I would love to explore Hinton Ampner as you've done. It looks wondrous and alive.
    Barbara @ www.allmylivesnow.com

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    1. Thank you so much, perhaps one for the list of places to visit :o) Xx

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  14. I love getting out in the fresh air and visiting normally NT properties. These look like wonderful gardens the red tulips especially Lucy x

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    1. I LOVE NT - it's a great concept and definitely well worth investing in :o) Xx

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  15. These photos are so beautiful! Too bad this is so far from Connecticut, U.S. - otherwise I would definitely be paying a visit. Love your blog!

    xx,
    Corinne

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    1. Hi Corinne, thank you so much for your lovely comment, that's really nice of you :o)! Xx

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  16. What gorgeous pictures!

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  17. Beautiful post, some great imagery! Never really thought to go but this has definitely swayed me! Loving your blog!

    Peacock Fashion xx

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    1. Hi Saffron, thank you so much for visiting and for your lovely comment - it put a smile on my face :o) Xx

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  18. Gorgeous photos! Again, not too far from here so I'll add it to the list of places to visit. :) xxx
    The Jolly Fashionista

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  19. Nice photos ! It's a great post !

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