Hello Joel, Rachel, Zanna, Mike, Ren, Nic, Dave and Mia! We have really enjoyed visiting wild ruins together as a couple, and thought it would be ever so fitting to suggest a little adventure to an amazing wild ruin near you. Maybe you could plan a trip together! If and when you manage to visit, please take a selfie for us <3 we love you xxx

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Houghton House
Ampthill, MK45 2EZ

As you approach Houghton House from its tight turn north of Ampthilll, there is little to suggest the red brick grandeur soon to unfold in front of you. With so much of the building still standing there is much to explore of this grand house. It is a fun place for children to run from room to room around its hollow interior. The views both looking down on the ruin and from its grounds are simply stunning. The house was built around 1615 for the wealthy dowager and literary patron, Mary Herbert (formerly Sidney), Countess of Pembroke. It has been suggested that Mary may have completed some of Shakespeare's unfinished plays. Mary unfortunately died of smallpox not long after Houghton House was completed.

Map co-ordinates: 52.0440, -0.4862

Excerpt from 'Wild Ruins' by Dave Hamilton