Sunny Saturday at Hinton Ampner

My parents very kindly bought myself and Dave National Trust memberships for Christmas and as we both finally had a day off together yesterday, we decided to go on a little stroll around one of our local National Trust properties. 

Hinton Ampner is just outside Alresford in Hampshire. It's a 20-minute drive from us and is described as "Beautifully manicured lawns lead the eye down avenues of sculptured topiary, past borders full of the heady scent of roses, to breathtaking views across the South Downs," so it seemed like a suitable place to christen our memberships.

It's really starting to feel like we're just on the edge of spring. 

You wouldn't know that we're about to be engulfed in a 'Siberian Blast' that's apparently going to make Southern England feel colder than the Arctic! 

As you can see, the National Trust's website was correct, the views across the South Downs are absolutely stunning, particularly on a clear day.

The house is currently closed due to maintenance work, but there's still plenty to see and do on the estate. Including the All Saints' Church which is a short walk from the main house.

There's also a fantastic walled-garden which I am so envious of. It's used to grow fruit and vegetables for the tearoom and cut flowers for the house.

My dream is to one day have a walled-garden with a vegetable patch. 
Oh, and a library with a huge leather armchair and a roaring fireplace (Ok ok, maybe if I win the lottery).

It was such a lovely day and really helped to blow the winter cobwebs away. 
I'd love to go back when the weather is warmer and not only see the house, but also the gardens in full bloom!

We're both really looking forward to spending more time exploring various National Trust properties this year. 

Do you have anywhere that you like to visit on a sunny day?
Drop me a comment below with your suggestions!