Thursday, 19 September 2019

Houghton House

On our recent trip away we had many adventures with all of our grandchildren but for one week we helped with the childcare for Bertie and Honey.  It was wonderful not only to help out but to spend quality time with them.  We had some amazing days out which I am sure I will share with you at a later day.  But this little adventure was a hidden gem just on the outskirts of the town in which they live and free.  Be warned it is quite the hike from the car park but well worth the walk.





The tree lined approach  was a delight and as it was on a slight incline the views of the countryside were spectacular.  Honey had her little basket with her and kept stopping to pick up little treasures.





I should have prewarned you that it as indeed a ruin and not the house that you may have thought we were visiting.  However, it did have so many nooks and crannies for the children to enjoy and sparked many conversations about a bygone era.






We had so much fun without spending a penny, just goes to show that there are a lots of cheap days out in the lengthy school holidays.





Well worth a visit if you are ever in the area.

See you soon.

31 comments:

  1. I would love to know more about the history of the house. It looks a very grand place and must have so much history

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  2. Ruins are always a joy for children ! I liked them too when I was a child, unfortunately they were just a year old left overs from the WWII, but for us children it was Disney world. We didn't realize what had happened. My grandson was here over the weekend of for once I was allowed to take him to the farmer's fest, without the helicopter father ! Was the first time ! It was real nice we had such fun together when he realized that he has a crazy grandma ! lol !

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  3. Always good to spend time with grandchildren. They will remember it forever.

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  4. I'm so glad you got to spend a whole week with those two adorable kids. It's important for the bonding of you all and for the memories. I have so few memories of my grandparents as we moved far away from them when I was 4 years old. What an amazing ruin! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  5. Thank you for sharing! This is a beautiful place. It’s so big!

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  6. Houghton House looks like a great place to enjoy with the grands! We love the English Heritage sites. How lucky you are to have these places to enjoy with your family.

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  7. What a wonderful time you had with Bertie and Honey, exploring the ruins and chatting about the times long past.

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  8. So much fun to explore with grand children like this. The brickwork is wonderful and I bet it is a little ghostly looking as the evening turns darker.
    Betsy

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  9. Oh Lorraine, I'm so glad that you and Gerard were able to spend so much time with Bertie and Honey. The ruins looks spectacular as is the scenery. We don't have the ruins here that are in your area. I always find them fascinating places when I have visited them. My favorite so far, although I don't think it's technically a ruin, is Stonehenge. It was eerily wonderful.
    We are on our last night in a hotel before reaching Mandy's house. There is a spectacular midwest thunderstorm happening right now along with tornado watches. I presume it's our welcome back to the midwest. :-)
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  10. Wow, that house must have been huge. I can just imagine the children checking out all those little hidden nooks.

    God Bless.

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  11. That looks like a wonderful outing. There are several ruined abbeys near us and our grandson loves them for just the reason you state - all the nooks and crannies there are to explore. I think we probably like them for the same reason! x

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  12. What a perfect place for you all to explore, I expect the basket was full of treasure by the time you left.

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  13. I'm so glad you recently had the opportunity to spend time with your grandchildren. The walk to the ruins of a big house must have been fun. Such special times that will be remembered by all of you. Our youngest grand celebrated his 17th birthday this month so no little ones around now, but we had the delight of spending time with all the grands and continue to enjoy their company.

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  14. I would love to explore there as well! I'm glad you were able to spend some quality time with them!

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  15. how nice to be with the grands and explore at the same time. They are growing so fast!!!

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  16. Spending a lovely time with love ones...
    Hug
    Anna

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  17. What lovely memories your grandchildren will have of your visit, it looks like a lovely day and I expect that little basket was full of treasures by the end of it:)

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  18. Just look at Bertie and Honey, they're really growing up fast. I think this is the sort of place they'd enjoy more than a stately home. It's true, you don't have to spend a lot of money for a good day out, having fun is all about how you spend the time, not how much money you throw at it.

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  19. I can just imagine it in all it's glory, what those walls could tell us. So glad yo had such a wonderful trip.

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  20. I’m sure the children loved exploring such an elegant old ruin. Honey is so cute with her treasure basket!

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  21. How fun, and not just for the children! I would love to visit such a place with so much history, and all of the architecture. I would bring a BIG basket for collecting treasures!! Debbie xo

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  22. Wow that looks fantastic! It's the type of place I love to visit while I'm over. Looks like a great time was had by all.

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  23. A very intriguing place...loved the view framed in those arched windows. I can see why children would find such a place a wonderful opportunity for exploring.

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  24. What a neat place to visit. I can't believe how Bertie and Honey have grown, especially Honey.

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  25. What a wonderful and free place to explore! It’s certainly one that adults like me would enjoy seeing what was obviously once a grand place. Your grandchildren really are growing fast, just like our own.

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  26. Fun to have the young grand kids together with you for exploring this place. A great time of bonding with one another.

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  27. looks like a great place to visit.

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  28. Wow, it's so pretty. I love the archways. It makes me kind of sad to see those gorgeous places in ruins.

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  29. Sept. 21st...

    Oh what a delightful place, for children to explore! And to learn new things, from discussion with Nana. Just delightful.

    And may I say, so much nicer-all-round, than an expensive visit to some amusement park?!? Oh yes!

    And how cute your 'Grands' are. Love to see little girls, with bows in their hair!!!!!! :-)))) always make this 'Nana's' heart happy!

    🍁🍂🎃🍂🍁

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  30. Sept. 21st

    Thank you so much, for your comment, on my post!!!

    It is so nice, to know, that I will not be *shunned,* if I have blog fun, with Halloween!

    Thank you!

    🍁🍂🎃🍂🍁

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  31. I have to say that Houghton House looks a great place to visit with the grandchildren. I did enjoy your photographs.

    All the best Jan

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