10 Nov

Viewing Heritage Properties Safer Than Owning

One of the absolute joys of belonging to any or all of the main heritage property groups is of course to visit a selection every year.  Sometimes I achieve this, but usually I miss their opening dates or just can’t be in that area at the right time.  The historic houses group is a favourite of mine because they are fabulous old buildings that families still live in and call home.   Most have had to make changes , sell a few of the fine art pictures, confine themselves to the draughty west wing allowing visiting public on open days to wander around the other rooms.  I love seeing the wonderful furniture and take in their ancient smells.  Wondering what stories these fantastic old pieces could tell us.  But then I come home, whack up the cental heating and plonk myself on my very modern sofa or eat at my very modern but sturdy oak table – no draughts, but a feeling of wellbeing all the same.