Ashdown House

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Nestling in a remote spot on the Berkshire Downs (horsey country), this house was built in 1662. We arrived mid morning and had a lovely walk around the estate following the map provided. We came across a volunteer who was showing people about turning wood from cutting the tree down to producing useful objects with the help of a foot treadle. His wife was close by explaining how to make lace. Fascinating. The house itself is only open on Wed and Saturday from 2-5. Tours are ticketed. Our guide was very knowledgeable and good fun. Most of the house is tenanted so the guide follows the main staircase up to the roof where the views are magnificent. There are no facilities for eating or drinking so we took a picnic. House not suitable for on walking people.


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