Not the view through my own window, alas, but this delightful setting is in Gainsborough Old Hall, a beautifully maintained manor house in Lincolnshire owned by English Heritage.
I have some lovely photos from our latest visit to the Hall, we have been quite a few times, and with luck I’ll be able to post a few in the not-too-distant future although we still have internet issues (no signal at all for most of yesterday) and I’m still in the slow process of transferring data from the old, tired computer which is unwilling to cooperate much of the time.
Brodsworth Hall is a 19th century mansion near Doncaster and Barnsley and is, in estate agents’ parlance, in need of repair. Owned by English Heritage the Hall is currently undergoing some necessary maintenance and refurbishment although, to be honest, it isn’t a particularly handsome abode. The gardens, however, are spectacular with lots to see with rock gardens, rose arbours, topiary and colourful bedding displays – to name but a few. Brodsworth is well worth a visit just for the gardens, but the house does hold some interest particularly if you enjoy gloomy Victorian architecture. The above shows the splendid laburnum arch.
On a short break back in July we managed a long-overdue visit to Stonehenge. We went early, beating most of the crowds that thronged the visitor centre and ferry-busses later in the day. It was chilly and murky, but the walkway around the ancient site gave the impressive iconic view (above) although the path is closer to the stones at the far side (below) whilst keeping the immediate area directly around the site protected. Strangely it isn’t as big as I had imagined, but impressive nontheless. English Heritage have done an excellent job with their new visitor centre (the 360 degree all-seasons panorama well worth seeing) and in maintaining and running this World Heritage Site. And for us the bonus was free entry as we are English Heritage members!
Slightly different view here, this time from the interior of the 17th century castle. This is one of the small fireplaces in an upstairs panelled room. Many of the rooms have fireplaces, and some of them are very ornate, but this is one of the simple ones set into a corner.
This is the doorway into the famous Riding House at Bolsover Castle. The indoor arena – built in the 1630s by William Cavendish, the first Duke of Newcastle and a master horseman – was once one of the finest riding schools in England.