GOOD OLD UNCLE NORMAN
Karin Ficke Cook
Copyright 2011 Karin Ficke Cook
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Arriving at the massive iron gates of the estate, we had only vague memories of the house we’d inherited. Mick’s uncle Norman died and as his only living relative, Mick inherited the lot, including the house, 125 acres of magnificent parkland and gardens, a stable with three horses, two summer houses, a large boating lake and three vintage cars. Plus the house came with a major domo, a housekeeper and a ditzy dog.
The sight was impressive. Amberley House looked as if it had been the setting for a movie – and it had been, several times. The Grade II listed 17th Century stone house stood on a hill, surveying the land below and a river in the distance in an area of unspoilt natural beauty. There were no transmission towers or antennae blocking the country views and the air was clean, smelling of cut hay. There were even sheep on the lawn. It was amazingly pastoral and quintessentially British.