I have just had a response from the office at Breamore House and it appears they would be delighted to be visited by a group of people in victorian clothing!
Here is a link to their website : http://www.breamorehouse.com/page8.html
The house is on the edge of the New Forest, between Salisbury and Fordingbridge and easy to get to on the A338.
They have a tea barn which serves lunches and teas so we could arrange something appropriate there.
As you enter, you go through a shop which then leads you into a museum section where they have various room displays set up from times gone past. They also have a barn of steam engines and so on. Once you have passed through all of these you then have a gentle stroll up through a section of parkland to the house. I'm checking about photos being allowed in the house but there would be plenty of chances for exterior photos anyway. There is then a tour of the house before strolling back to the shop and carpark area. On our way back we can make a detour to the family church which again might allow us some chances for photos.
While I am on the subject of photos, the person I am corresponding with has asked if we would like the local paper (Salisbury Journal) to come and take some photos and interview us for an article. I should think Breamore are considering it a bit of free publicity! The thing is, this might be a chance for some proffesional photos to be taken
Does anyone have any objections about that?
Breamore is a delightful place. Last time I visited we were taken around by an old family retainer and she was lovely! We were even invited to sit on furniture and generally make ourselves at home while she told us about the rooms we were in.
Now for the dates.....July is really busy for me as is this month. I have one other event in June so that leaves a couple of spare weekends. I would suggest either the 7th or the 14th June.
Cost: The ticket into Breamore costs £8 per adult, we may get a discount of £1 on this depending on numbers. Childrens tickets cost £6 and are welcomed at Breamore.
Examples of food prices can be found on their website. For example though a cream tea costs £4.60. Would we want a light lunch before we visit the house or an afternoon tea to revive us after the tour?
smt2, I have had a look on www.trainline.co.uk
and I suspect a train ticket from waterloo to Salisbury is going to cost around £29 return. A ticket to Basingstoke would be less than £20. I could definately collect you from Salisbury but Basingstoke is a bit more difficult for me. Unless of course any other people who might be coming can help out!
Right! Does this sound attractive to any of you? Families welcome, the more the merrier I guess!!