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by Pam Hobbs

For some years now my brother-in-law has urged me to visit Beaulieu (pronounced Bewley), acclaimed as the most popular stately home in all of England. From his home in neighbouring Dorset, Norman comes here at least twice a year, to enjoy the New Forest setting and spend time with vintage and antique cars. On his most recent visit he took me along, so that together we could reminisce among the cars, troop through the palace house, enjoy the Abbey cloisters and all in all have a thoroughly delightful day.

Now I see why he returns so often. There is far too much to see in a single visit, what with the Abbey's exhibits, house and gardens, Disney-style ride through a century of motoring history, the miniatures and models, and above all the National Motor Museum containing a comprehensive collection of cars and motorcycles........

........ Beaulieu is located in Hampshire's New Forest 85 miles (135km)from London. It is open daily, except Christmas day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Easter to mid-September, and until 5 p.m. at other times.