Sunday 21 May: Watford, Ascott House and St Albans
Late the night before our guest for the next ten days Ingela arrived. That morning we went to a little car boot sale in Watford ( one never has enough skeleton fairy lights :) ) and then went to help Alan fit his roof racks. Made me practice my driving and parking in a muddy field :)
Afterwards we made our way to Ascott House Getting harder and harder to find NT we haven’t yet visited in certain counties, but it seemed we had missed that one so we decided it would be perfect to do on a sunny day and being not too far from both Watford and St Albans perfect to visit various friends before and after. The house itself pretty timber building (the ex hunting lodge/country home of the Rothschild family). You only visit a small section but quite an impressive paintings collection (Stubbs, Gainsborough, Reynolds). My favourite bits was the gardens, really beautiful with lily pond, teletubbies land, topiaries over rolling hill views. Even a Richard Long sculpture. A stunning fountain and a very unusual shrub sundial. Being there after all the horrible recent rain made it so green and lush. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ascott
Afterwards we made our way to St Albans to have dinner with Martin and Amanda.