Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Invitation to Afternoon Tea


Okay, the introductions are over and soon I'll start posting some snippets of history about Ashdown House, but first I wanted to issue an invitation to afternoon tea!

At the moment the Friends of Ashdown are busy planning tea on the lawn for next season but here at virtual Ashdown we are already up and running with our refreshments so sit back, relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Tea is served in the South Lodge, one of the two lodge buildings that you can see in the photographs. Originally the South Lodge was the kitchen, bakery and brewery for the main house and the original fireplace and bread ovens are still there. Whilst we're sitting here chatting, please do tell me your own favourite historic places to visit so we can all go on a tour!

Anyone for a pot of tea with scones, jam and cream?

Ashdown in Beautiful Britain Magazine!




Ashdown House is featured in the Summer 2007 edition of Beautiful Britain Magazine!

The magazine, which is for everyone who loves Britain, calls the house "An Oxfordshire Gem."

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Welcome to the Ashdown House Blog Site!


Welcome to the site that celebrates the wonderful seventeenth century hunting lodge Ashdown House in Oxfordshire, UK. The Friends of Ashdown, a group of people who love historic houses, like Ashdown so much that they want to share it with everyone! On this site we will post information about Ashdown, its history, events taking place at the house and some stunning photographs. If you have any connection with Ashdown or the Craven family, or if you are interested in the history of the house and have research enquiries or if you love historic houses please post your comments or questions and we will do our best to answer them.

If you are visiting Oxfordshire on holiday in the UK or from overseas, the house is open on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons with guided tours at 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm. We hope you will come and visit us for a warm welcome and a fascinating tour of one of the UK's most atmospheric and beautiful historic houses.