Last weekend, I did one of my favourite things, visiting a historic house and garden; and what better place to visit than Eltham Palace.
Sometimes the getting there is part of the experience. My friend Sarah and I walked from where she lives in South East London, along the green chain walkway to Eltham.
|I love these hidden green spaces in busy old London|
|calm and tranquil|
|with views of the city beyond|
|and gorgeous feisty horses|
|Mama and foal|
|the suburb of Eltham that has built up around Eltham Palace is green and very pretty|
|and finally we arrived, this is the bridge across the moat to Eltham, you can just see the house|
A beautiful Art Deco extravaganza, built onto a the remains of Henry the VIII childhood home.
|from the classical exterior you come into this extraordinary entrance hall, its like being in a ship, beautiful!|
|The sumptuous dinner room with gold leaf ceiling designed to reflect its warmth and flatter the diners|
|wonderful circular bedrooms|
|my favourite room, her glorious bathroom. The hidden panel in the corner is a door|
that the maid would nip through to run the bath, without disturbing the lady of the house
|Art deco splendor with gold mosaics|
|his bedroom, with wonderful wall frieze|
|and a hidden door through to his bathroom|
|love the colours|
|inside the banqueting hall, the only remaining piece of Henry VIII childhood home|
And of course there are the gardens, built around the original palace ruins