5 September 2012

Tea-Towel Florals at a House of Heritage

Floral Shirt: Cath Kidston ~ High-Waisted Shorts: Sister Jane via ASOS ~ Rose Loafers: Russell & Bromley ~ Satchel: Urban Outfitters ~ Cat-Eye Sunglasses: H&M

Knole Park
Me and my little sister Isobel visited Knole Park yesterday, just for a couple of hours, as the house and private garden were closed, but luckily the park and tearoom were still open so we had some lunch followed by a little walk surrounding the house. I've visited Knole a fair few times before as not only is it pretty close to where I live, but I think there's something special about it; the house is one of the largest, and most complete sites owned by the National Trust and has been home to some very important literary figures; Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, making the site's upkeep and restoration highly important. If you aren't too interested in history, or if the house is closed, the park itself is beautiful alone; it hasn't faced any dramatic changes throughout it's 400 year existence and still houses herds of deer (many of which aren't too scared of humans so you can get pretty close!). The tearoom is also pretty special, being in Knole's old brewhouse, I always think that National Trust is delicious too (especially their ice-cream and cakes!). As I only have one more year left in Cornwall, and there's so many National Trust sites dotted just outside of Falmouth, i'm really tempted to buy a student year membership as it would save me so much money. Do any of you have one, and would recommend it? 

Historical Fact: The Beatles filmed two of their music videos in the grounds of the house, for 'Penny Lane' and 'Strawberry Fields Forever' in January 1967. If you visit Knole, you might be able to recognise the archway in which the four Beatles rode under!

National trust are currently working to restore Knole House to it's former glory to ensure that it's historical future is safeguarded, with a £2.7m project. The work will include fixing many major problems within the house that need urgent attention, and transforming new rooms to be opened for the public. If you are interested in finding out more, volunteering for the restoration project, or even donating, you can find out on their website here

On another note, thank you so much if you voted for me in the Cosmo Blog Awards, the party is coming up and I can't wait. I don't expect to win, I'm just amazed that I was even shortlisted, especially with some of the blogs in the line-up too, some of them have become some of my favourite reads. 
I'm off to Paris tomorrow early tomorrow morning with Alessio, and should be back Monday, so the blog will be a little quiet till then, but i'll still probably be posting on the ol' instragram! I'm charlestown92 on there if you fancy taking a peek. Hope you've all had a lovely summer, I can't believe that it's officially over.

P.S. I have a very exciting giveaway coming up on the blog this week, so keep your eyes peeled! 

Love, Charlestown xoxo.


  1. I love the floral shirt, so pretty and relaxed, looks lovely x

  2. The shirt is so pretty! I've always wanted to visit Knole, as I love Sissinghurst Caslte(where Vita Sackville-West lived later on), and this looks equally as lovely x

  3. I love this outfit Charlie, it's so pretty! Glad you had a lovely time, I love walking round national trust properties!

    Julia xx

  4. Perfect style, as always! Knole park looks so pretty, love little days out like that :)


  5. Hi Charlie,

    Knole Park looks so lovely! Your outfit is gorgeous, especially love those shorts. :)

    Love Joyce

  6. I'm in love with this floral shirt, the short are such a lovely fit as well, great outfit. Have a great time in paris.

    Jo. x

  7. Knole Park looks beautiful :) Cornwall is so darn pretty! Have a fab time in Paris!! xx

  8. In love with your shorts, amazing pictures!



  9. This outfit is so cute and I love the shirt! I just came over from twitter as I'm going to the blog awards too :) xxx


  10. what a grate way to spend a family outing, it looks and sounds amazing.

  11. I just got the young persons membership (for £25) and after two visits I have 'got my money back' from entry prices and car parking. The lady said that many young people join just to use the NT car parks as parking is so expensive/difficult in Cornwall. They gave me a map of their car parks when I joined, which would be handy if you have a car.

    I visited Trelissick (in Feock, the turning is on the way to Truro) for a long walk which was great (the cafe was alright but not amazing) and Godolphin House and gardens (amazing cake, amazing coffee, amazing house, amazing grounds! Although the house is only open 1 week every month so double check before you go.
    I also visited St Michaels Mount last year (before I had my membership) and that's such a great place to go and see. Although wear sensible shoes as there is a lot of climbing up a cobbled hill and I felt sorry for the ladies in heels and sandals!

    I would recommend joining! I hope Paris is wonderful, I've been 3 times and loved every trip


  12. it looks like a beautiful place for a weekend visit! i wish we had lovely old historical sites like this that famous authors lived in in australia. there's just nowhere near as much history!

  13. Nice shorts! Sorry I didnt vote for you in the awards.. I read this too late! x


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