A Day out in Bexleyheath

Oct 9, 2015 by

  I picked a glorious day to explore two remarkable houses outside London. Trains run to Bexleyheath frequently from several London stations, and the journey takes 30 to 40 minutes. Danson House is the farthest from the station, about a 20 minute walk and is set in beautiful grounds which include a large lake, English Garden and many amenities for local people. Built in 1766 with money acquired from the slave trade, Danson House was designed by Robert Taylor. Passing through many hands and falling into decay, it was rescued by English Heritage and lovingly restored in 1995. It is now managed by the Bexley Heritage Trust. Watercolour paintings created by a  former resident,  Sarah Johnston were used to help the team when bringing the house back to its former glory. If you need an...

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Osterley House and Gardens – A Little Piece of Paradise...

Jul 10, 2015 by

There aren’t many National Trust properties you can get to by tube, and Osterley has everything you could ask for; historic house, beautiful gardens and a great tea shop, situated, not, uncommonly in the former stables. If you’re only in London for a few days, why not take a break from the crowds and enjoy a relaxing day exploring the Robert Adam (mostly) designed house, set within x acres of grounds, which include a Tudor walled garden, lake and masses of space to find a secret corner of your own. There is even a volleyball net and football goals, if you feel in need of some energetic activity. Beneath the 250 year old cedars there are deckchairs, irresistible for a little snooze on a sunny day. Not just any deckchairs either, I was delighted to see...

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