There was a feel of Autumn in the air as we wandered along; the wind was making the leaves rustle. The house and garden weren't yet open so we walked along the towpath of the river.
The gardens are very "bare" laid mostly to squares of lawn. There is little planting which is a great shame as there is definitely room for the imagination to run wild!
The building at the rear is the Tea Rooms which are very good. I was coerced into having some rather yummy cake (I was going for the soup ;) ) in addition to our sandwich, so we shared a couple of slices.... ooh it was good!
I don't remember these two statues (from previous visits).... and they looked very new and pristine.
The interior is interesting and very varied. Each room seems totally different from the others and sometimes, it feels like different periods in time.
Our tour of the house and gardens done, we came out into sunshine and wandered along back to the car park. I had a slow drive back through some of Richmond Park and as I neared home the heavens opened and the rain pounded. It didn't last for long, but at least it stayed away for when it mattered!
Ham House is right down near the River Thames and Richmond Park; sometimes it's difficult to imagine you're so close to London itself!
A very pleasant day out :D
(I took rather a number of pictures so I've reduced the quantity for posting here.....)