Mistress Ming

Ming, mistress of Great Chalfield Manor. ©Patsy Floyd

A colleague recently alerted me to a charming blog written by a dog called Ming, who lives at Great Chalfield Manor, in Wiltshire.

The north front of Great Chalfield Manor. ©NTPL/Andrew Butler

 Ming keeps a lively account of her charmed life at the manor house with its beautiful garden.

©Emile de Bruijn

Great Chalfield is a medieval manor house which was rescued from decay in the late nineteenth century by Major Robert Fuller, the manager of his family’s rubber business, who employed the architect Sir Harold Brakspear to restore and remodel the house.

©Emile de Bruijn

The restoration was done so sensitively that the new work can now hardly be distinguished from the old.

The gazebo at the end of the top terrace designed by Brakspear. ©Emile de Bruijn

The garden was designed by Alfred Parsons in a romantic style to complement the house. It is still lovingly maintained.

One of the yew houses. ©Emile de Bruijn

Major Fuller gave the house and garden to the National Trust in 1943.

Wrought iron bootscrape next to pleasingly unobtrusive welcome sign. ©Emile de Bruijn

Major Fuller’s grandson Robert Floyd and his wife Patsy still live in the house as tenants and open it to the public on behalf of the National Trust.

6 Responses to “Mistress Ming”

  1. Barbara Says:

    Love Miss Ming, but love your photo of the Yew House even more. Thanks.

  2. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    It’s great, isn’t it? So surreal.

  3. Alison Says:

    Mistress Ming – what a poseur! I’d love to meet her!

  4. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Thanks for alerting me to her blog, Alison.

  5. Tom Carey Says:

    Great post. I’ve never seen a yew house before. Also I love the way the drainpipe zigzags around the stonework.

  6. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Thanks Tom. Yes it is a very respectful drainpipe :)

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