Who doesn’t dream of owning a beautiful home with stunning views over rolling hills, a pool inside a walled garden and a tennis court? My kids have loved this particular home of family friends for as long as they can remember. The friendly elderly couple who own it have spoilt them rotten with picnics and ice creams over the years, a poorly written thank you letter and a load of lost tennis balls all they seem to receive in return! However the excitement of visiting these lovely folk and enjoying an afternoon at their mansion, as the kids refer to it, has never lost its appeal.
Outdoor Pool Antics
We planned on visiting on a warm sunny day. In the end a stubborn cloud hung over us but that didn’t stop our enjoyment. The kids were in and out of the pool, splashing, pushing each other in and avoiding my camera – not too successfully!
They even managed a race or two
Anyone for Tennis?
If they weren’t in the pool then there were tennis games in play. I think Farmer Nick was a bit of a pro in his time and spent a good deal of time, coaching and umpiring games for us all.
The orchard was blooming under the weight of the late summer fruits which I couldn’t help indulging in, whilst being careful not to be caught by the eager wasps.
Beautiful gardens at the Mansion
Clio was taken with their beautiful flower borders and paths. One day I will have a garden like this.
Even the tortoise made an appearance lured by some freshly picked tomatoes from the greenhouse. This began round two of why we can’t have a tortoise at Coombe Mill from Guy. My reply was when we own a mansion!
It was a lovely happy afternoon on our summer trip to Sussex that keeps visiting this kind couple and their beautiful mansion right up there in the fond memory bank of childhood days.
A Mansion with a pool and a tennis court in Sussex
“Tales from the farmers wife” shares the funny and interesting happenings on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. A behind the scenes look on balancing family, farming, the holiday business and cooking for all.