It was a frosty foggy Hinton Ampner house that greeted Annie and I this morning. The main house is currently closed for some much needed TLC but the grounds were open, as was the cafe so Annie and I picked Hinton Ampner as our spot to meet up for a mooch, a catch up and a sausage roll. Hinton Ampner, of course, is somewhere I have featured on here before since is only an hour away from home, but those spring pictures make it look a very different place from today
How are we only just learning that the sausage rolls and cake at Hinton Ampner are all made on site? Why didn’t we know that before?! The soup of the day is whatever the gardeners bring in from the garden, and the cakes are cut up into huge slabs of deliciousness. I had no idea that some of the National Trust’s properties made their own goodies for the cafe, did you?
Anyway they say that a picture speaks a thousand words so I am going to let the pictures tell the story of a frosty foggy Hinton Ampner this time.
One of my favourite parts of Hinton Ampner is the little church and graveyard. The peace, the history, the light, it is all extraordinary:
And just outside are the signs that spring is in touching distance, that if we ignore the weather forecast that tells us snow is going to fall before the end of the month, you can see the snowdrops just venturing up from the ground, and that the first batch of crocuses are already here:
The house will be reopening very soon (you can go into the entrance hall for a sneak peak of what they are doing), so if you haven’t been before, I do urge you to do so!
All the info is on the National Trust website here: National Trust Hinton Ampner