Ming keeps a lively account of her charmed life at the manor house with its beautiful garden.
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.
The restoration was done so sensitively that the new work can now hardly be distinguished from the old.
The garden was designed by Alfred Parsons in a romantic style to complement the house. It is still lovingly maintained.
Major Fuller gave the house and garden to the National Trust in 1943.
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.