So we did.
Bentley Priory was an RAF base in Stanmore from 1926 until 2008. The house dates back to 1775, but I don't need to give a history lesson, you can read about it's rich history here on Wikipedia.
Or you could go to the Museum if you're in London. It really is worth it.
Having grown up in this area, like most locals, I was sceptical about what the developers were going to do when they bought the house. However, they have sensitively restored it and the whole downstairs area is dedicated to a brilliant museum all about the RAF and The Battle of Britain. It's a beautiful memorial dedicated to those who served.
Below is a view from a dog walk I'd done the weeks before on the nature reserve/common behind Bentley Priory.
The grand entrance.
I can't wait to go there in the summer and get a coffee in the cafe and sit on the lawn outside.
^^The impressive tapestry^^
^^I believe the stained glass windows are all a fairly new commission^^
If you're a fan of stately homes, history, war things, head on down. It's a fascinating place. Will take 2 or 3 hours to do thoroughly. Ali and I were quite fast and took just over an hour, but I totally intend to go back.