An impressive house, originally built as an Elizabethan “power house.” Notable are interesting contents, and the impressive Long Gallery. I remember that I much enjoyed visiting this house. There are also extensive grounds and a lake. Suggested visit time: half day.
Home of the 306th Bombardment Group Museum. This small museum is worth a visit if you are a military aviation or history buff. My elderly mother enjoyed it. Suggested visit time: 1 hr.
The runways still exist, if the satellite view is any guide, but the former airfield is occupied partly by the Jonathan Palmer motor racing site, and an industrial park.
Visited c. 2008
An Elizabethan house with gardens, not much altered. An attractive building with pleasant gardens. Worth visiting if you are in the area.
This is the airfield from which Glenn Miller departed before his disappearance. Wartime buldings remain on the site, and house the Glenn Miller Museum and other small museums devoted to aviation, militaria, old vehicles and the Fire service. The wartime runways have reverted to agriculture. Enough to keep airplane and history buffs amused for half a day.
Visited c. 2005
While the house is old in origins, it has been updated a number of times and it’s the contents and gardens which are notable. It contains a major collection of paintings and porcelain, including Old Masters. To the rear are the magnificent gardens, which descend by terracing towards water. There is also a kitchen garden. Allow for a half-day visit.
Below the hill are the Hellfire Caves (not NT), now refurbished as a tourist attraction. Possibly of ancient origin, they were extended by Sir Francis Dashwood to embellish his estate, and extend underground for about half a mile. If you like exploring holes in the ground you should enjoy them.
Extensive and attractive grounds with large lake and follies. The house interior is interesting. Note that the opening dates and hours are rather restricted. Suggested visit time 3hrs.
Village, Hill, Church, Mausoleum, and Caves (not NT) are nearby if you have a whole day.
National Trust. Visited. C.2005 The village main street is lined with old cottages and inns of architectural interest. On top of the hill are the Dashwood Mausoleum (not NT) and the church with the golden ball on top of it (not NT). Both are well worth a visit.
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