Once I'd have filled my summer with trips to Legoland or Thorpe Park... these days you're more likely to find me in the gardens of a stately home or country mansion. (Or er, a Croatian beach).
This month we paid a visit to Basildon Park in Berkshire, an 18th century house set in the beautiful English countryside.
Arriving just before midday, we began by exploring the wonderful gardens - beautifully looked after by the busy army of volunteers working away.
This place could definitely be #gardengoals... if I actually had my own garden anyway. Future garden inspiration though?!
You know, I think I could be quite happy living at Basildon Park. It's obviously a big house by actual real-life standards, but as mansions go it's feels pretty manageable. (Ok. I'll return to planet Earth now...)
I didn't take all that many photos of the inside because
a) I was too busy just marvelling at it all
b) How does anyone take photos of rooms and do them justice? I can never fit everything in!
c) Although photography is allowed, there's just nothing very discreet about a DSLR clicking and I didn't want to disturb everyone else.
I did get this one of the magnificient dining room - for future reference obviously. (And there I go, back into daydream land again). But actually, this room is a Downton film set I'll have you know! I was delighted to find that Basildon Park is actually one of the filming locations for my most favourite ever ever TV show, Downton Abbey.
You see, Basildon Park serves as the interior of Grantham House, the Crawley family's London home. So that just made me love the place even more.
Once we'd completed the house tour we made our way out - somehow resisting the scents of cream tea wafting up the staircase - and wandered back out into the bits of the garden we had yet to see.
The grounds seemed to be huge - and dogs on leads are welcome so maybe we'll return with Saffy - but we explored the bits round by the house, stumbling across a herd of cows and their calves.
It was a beautiful day and Basildon Park is another place I'd highly recommend you pay a visit if you happen to be in the area :)
Have you visited Basildon Park? Or are you a Downton Abbey fan?