On Saturday, I headed out of London into the countryside to attend a BBQ with friends at their lovely new house in Pangbourne. I went for one of my favourite weekend casual summer looks: a white top, neutral trousers and a statement shawl. I love the lacy romance of the Avoca top, and paired with trousers and a dramatic scarf, it gives a feminine, but not overly girly, look.
On the way to the BBQ, we stopped off first at Basildon Park, a gorgeous country estate that’s famed for being the film setting of quite a few period dramas, including scenes from Downton Abbey, Pride & Prejudice and The Duchess. Although the house itself isn’t as interesting as many National Trust properties I’ve seen (it has been restored with 18th Century pieces salvaged from around the country, so there is not much of the original interior left), the gardens and grounds are truly spectacular, offering the most splendid views across the countryside and beautiful walks through the surrounding parkland. There’s also a very pleasant looking tearoom, which, if I hadn’t been attending a BBQ, I would definitely have been tempted to drop into for a cup of tea and some cake.
If you happen to be in the area, then a trip to Basildon Park really is a must!