This is a first instalment of a new series where I'll be sharing photographs from my trips to stately homes and historic buildings around the country (and hopefully the world!). If you follow me on social media you'll know there is nothing I like better than to spend a weekend wandering around a beautiful historic building. I won't be showing everything from the houses as I do so want you to visit yourself and experience the magnificence first hand.

I thought it would be perfect to kick off with one of my absolute favourite places in the whole of England, Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire. Kedleston is a National Trust property and is located about 45 minutes from my house so I am very lucky to be so close to it. It has a wonderful restaurant where you can get a full meal (try the creamy chicken and tarragon casserole if you get a chance) or just stop for a nice pot of tea and a cake or a scone with clotted cream and jam. There's also a second hand book shop and a gift shop and the estate is huge so even if you don't venture into the house you can spend a wonderful day in the grounds where dogs are also welcome.

Something to spot that I haven't shared here : one of the most beautiful dresses I've seen in my entire life, The Peacock Dress created in Paris by the House of Worth for Lady Curzon.

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