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ROADTRIP Day 1- Waterloo to Yealmpton

How to get Lost. Get really lost

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We check out of the Wellington and head over to pick up the car from Europcar.
We pick up the car and it's all down hill from there.
We blame too much to look at. Following directions is easy but then something caught Rae's eye and next thing we are heading toward Brixton.
Problem is with London roads is you can't pull over if you take a wrong turn. So we kept going

And going

And going

Next thing we see signs for 'The Tunnel'
Holy crap we are heading to France........ 2 weeks early

Compose yourselves girls.
And we do
We find a lovely local mechanic who was helpful and got us back on the right track.
We finally see the signs for Guildford and we are on our way.
Getting to Guildford about 3 hours late we eventually find our way to Clandon Park.
Very impressive.
Clandon Park is a Palladian mansion. Built by a Venetian architect for The Onslows in the 1720s
Magnificent interiors are faithful to the period, featuring original stucco ceilings and marble fireplaces, the most impressive of which are in the awe-inspiring Marble Hall.
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Clandon Park has seven acres of gardens that surround the house. These are home to a small parterre garden, the walled Dutch Garden and Hinemihi, a Maori meeting house brought back from New Zealand in 1892.
This is why we are here. Hinemihi is the old meeting house of Rae's ancestors brought back from New Zealand by Lord Onslow in 1892 after the great volcano eruption.
She has been restored and sits amongst lovely ferns and trees.
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We spend a little longer here than anticipated as it is just a wonderful place to be.
After we leave we decide to get a UK larger road map so we can get this road tripping thing down pat. Best thing we did.
We are now on our way to Yealmpton where we are to spend the night.
Due to us wasting time being lost in Kent we bypass Stonehenge as we hope to make it to the manor before dark.
The trip down was good and we get to experience these wonderful English lanes that aren't on the maps so we use our instincts and eventually ask a local who has 5 dogs, so he must be a good guy, where the hell Kitley House is. He laughs at us being tourists and the dogs hop in the car. We love Devon. Yarrrrrrp!
Finally we see Kitley Estate.
A beautiful long forest surrounded driveway up to the house. Sheep grazing. We are definitely English countryside.
The Manor appears and we aren't disappointed.
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We check in and they can tell we have been on the road all day and call for the kitchen to stay open.
That's service.
Up to our room. The Winston State Room. Wow.
Drinks in the bar before dinner and then a most amazing meal. I'm in love with the hospitality here.
After dinner we head to our room and have a long bath with English Lavender bath products.
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Sliding into a huge four poster bed is a feeling everyone needs to experience.

Goodnight!

ACCOMMODATION
http://www.kitleyhousehotel.com

CLANDON PARK - Surrey
http://www.clandonpark.co.uk

Posted by Traci_Rae 17:00 Archived in England Tagged devon clandon_park hinemihi kitley_house

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