I have beeen helping out at a local country house – not one of the great big gentry filled places that are very much in evidence around my area. Many of he big families were all but destroyed with civil war in-fighting between siblings, fathers, uncles etc. So to find a house that has escaped much of this cruel activity is tremendous. Inside there are just a few rooms, nothing to taxing for the visitor to take in as they make their way around from room to room and side to side. It helps that one particlar forebearer chronicled her family’s connection with the property by way of commissioned portraits of all the men and later, all the ladies. There is also furniture in each room and we are told in ledgers held in the library, that most of this is original, including many shabby chic pieces – now there’s a thing!