Ham House, a glorious National Trust property near Richmond, is one of our favourite places to visit in August when the glorious Cherry Garden provides a dazzling display of over 1200 lavender plants.

There’s also a historic Kitchen Garden, dating back to the 1650’s. Visit in August to discover large beds filled with neatly organised rows of vegetables, fruit and herbs, set against a backdrop of walls covered by the creeping branches of plum and apricot trees. Don’t miss the peaceful away-from-it-all wilderness area where you can sit amongst winding paths and flower beds and breathe in the scent of summer flowers.

Built in 1610, Ham House was handed over to the National Trust in 1948. The House is still home to many of the arts and treasures passed down from previous wealthy owners.

Amazingly, this little piece of paradise is only 30 minutes from central London. Explore the area by hopping on a train to Richmond Station and taking a circular 7km walk to the House. Walk through Richmond Park, past King Henry’s Mound – one of the highest points in London – and on to Ham House. After a visit to Ham House and Gardens, pause for a traditional cream tea in the Kitchen Garden café. Then enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Thames Path back to Richmond station.