Blogger Nathan Rollinson of The Rollinson has been blogging full-time since 2015. Originally from Cambridge, Nathan moved to London where he discovered his passion for the city. What began as a hobby of visiting beautiful hotels, restaurants and shops, snapping pictures of what he was eating and drinking for his Instagram page @therollinsonlondon, became a dream job, as he is often invited as guests of these beautiful places now.
Two such places that he recently visited are Farleigh Wallop, a quintessentially British country estate nestled away in Hampshire, near London, and Brocket Hall, one of England’s finest stately homes with two championship golf courses and award-winning restaurant. Scroll through for a glimpse…
“One of the most exclusive and sought-after private retreats in the south of England, Farleigh Wallop is a secluded estate that is available to rent for house parties, weekend breaks family get togethers and events. The building and its surrounding land has travelled through the generations either by marriage or inheritance since the Domesday Book; it has never been bought or sold in recorded history. In 1450 John Wallop inherited Farleigh House and the then Farleigh Estate from his mother, Margaret de Valognes. Apart from a period of confiscation by the Crown as a result of royal disfavour, the house and estate have always been in Wallop family hands. Such an impressive country house where the Wallop still lives over generations.”
“The elegant Brocket Hall was built in 1760 and has been the home to two Prime Ministers (Lord Melbourne and Lord Palmerston), one of Queen Victoria’s favourite country estates, and is today one of England’s most enchanting luxury venues favoured by the rich and famous.
My favourite bedroom is the Prince Regent’s suite. The décor of this bedroom suite was chosen by the Prince of Wales in 1784 and the hand-painted Chinese silk wallpaper was the height of fashion at the time.
Sometime around 1782, Lady Peniston Lamb became mistress of the Prince of Wales who was later crowned King George IV. The Prince was so taken with her that both she and Peniston were raised to the peerage and became Lord and Lady Melbourne.
With a view to pleasing their frequent royal guest, Lord and Lady Melbourne laid out a racecourse for the Prince of Wales on the grounds of Brocket Hall which was exactly a mile long. The site is now part of the Brocket Hall’s best-known golf course – the Melbourne.”