Ham House and Gardens is one of my favourite places to visit in London. Hidden on the banks of the River Thames just a short walk from Richmond, this little gem offers country loving city dwellers, like myself, with the perfect opportunity to take a breath of fresh air, relax and reconnect with country roots.

Dating back to the 17th century, the house was home to William Murray and his family after it was gifted to him on a lease by King Charles I.

The house later fell into the hands of William’s daughter, Elizabeth, who along with her husband, transformed the house into one of the grandest Stuart houses of the time, and into the beautiful building we see today.

Visitors venturing through the gates today can not only discover the secrets of the house and its beautiful interior, they can also explore the perfectly manicured gardens and perhaps most importantly, take a step into the beer cellar to sample the National Trust’s Moroccan Ale which is rather moreish!

A café lies within the kitchen gardens which are currently dominated by an array of differently shaped pumpkins ready for carving up in time for Halloween.

During the weeks running up to Halloween, the house is hosting a witch hunt for children with a trail running through the garden.

For the adults, there are a number of events running throughout autumn and winter including Through the Keyhole, which ventures into the private lives of the house’s residents, and of course, Christmas comes to Ham House with visitors invited to discover a Christmas with the Stuarts throughout the beginning of December.

.A range of events run throughout the year, for more information just head to the National Trust website.

I hope you have been inspired to pay this beauty a visit – you won’t be disappointed!

Thanks for reading,

Lois x

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