Days Out: Boxhill, Surrey (National Trust)

Last weekend, we took ourselves further a field, leaving Sussex completely, to explore Boxhill in Surrey. For Sharon, this is familiar ground as she grew up in Redhill, and went to school down the road in Dorking, but for me and T it was brand new. For most, Boxhill is another National Trust location, but for others they know it as the location for the cycling events during the 2012 Olympics – which explains the masses of cyclists we saw during our visit!

Even before you arrive at Boxhill you’re presented with stunning 180 degree views in one direction and thick woods in the other.

On went the wellies and parkas, which were needed as it so very cold being so high up. It was a pretty foggy day on the day we went, but it was dry so we were happy.

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Days Out: Petworth House, West Sussex

Last year, we managed to squeeze in one last National Trust visit for the year and decided to visit Petworth for the first time.

A little bit further than our usual locations, although still only 30-45 minutes away from Brighton, we arrived on a rather rainy day. But seeing as we’re no fair-weather parents, we put our wellies and parkas on and went exploring. You’d be surprised how lovely some locations can be; even in the winter. Plus! They’re often a lot quieter too!

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Our Top 5 National Trust Locations (South East)

We’ve been National Trust members for quite sometime now, making the most out of it when T started walking.

What we love about the locations within the National Trust is that you’re always spoilt for choice when it comes to what to do. The majority of the locations often come with historic buildings, but if that’s not your cup of tea then there is always a picturesque walk to enjoy – whether it’s woodland, gardens, or open fields. And if that doesn’t float your boat then there’s always the cafe that serve some of the best tea and cake!

Trying to pick a favourite location is like trying to pick your favourite chocolate bar. It depends on your mood. Sometimes I fancy exploring a castle. Sometimes I want to walk through the woods. But whatever I fancy, I know that the National Trust will be able to provide. Continue reading

Days Out – Bateman’s (Rudyard Kipling’s Estate). 

Last Sunday, as part of our Mothers’ weekend, we decided to take ourselves off to another National Trust location. The weather was finally in our favour after weeks of rain, and we all felt pretty energetic after a sickness bug.

After a short drive (nicely timed around T’s nap time), we arrived at Bateman’s. Bateman’s is the estate of author Rudyard Kipling.

A 17th century property based in Burwash, East Sussex, it’s a polite house full of charm and character.


Kipling was obsessed with India, which is themed heavily throughout the house, however it still bleeds English charm. There’s also an exhibition room within the property that details all of Kipling’s work – I, for one, didn’t know there was such an expansive collection outside of ‘The Jungle Book’.


The grounds surrounding the property are also mesmerising, with a water mill south of the estate after a short walk, and several wild gardens.

Although one of the smaller locations within the National Trust, we had a lovely time getting out and about. We can’t wait for the summer.



We received zero compensation for the purpose of this post – we just love our National Trust membership.