Friday, 26 August 2016

Sizergh Castle & Levens Hall

Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall are neighbours.

Sizergh has been the family home of the Strickland for some 700 years although it is now in the hands of the National Trust



Levens has a very fine topiary garden.





Sunday, 31 July 2016

Allan Bank and views

The scenery in the lakes is glorious.



The walk to Allan Bank.



Allan Bank, The property was damaged internally by fire, It hasn't been fully restired and today has a lovely relaxed atmosphere.


Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Wray Castle and environs

As it really been a month?

I have just spent a week in the Lakes so over the next month I'll post some pics from my travels!

Today Wray Castle which is a neo-gothic castle. One of the founders of the National Trust, Hardwicke Rawnsley, lived here and Beatrix Potter holidayed here. This is after all Potter country. Today the castle is empty so is very child friendly. It also has a stunning location on the banks of Lake Windermere.








Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Greenway and Compton Castle

I went to visit two National Trust properties around the English Riviera. This is the Torbay area of Devon and mostly comprises the towns of Torquay, Brixham and Paignton.

None of the properties are in the towns but as the Trust uses the twitter handle @NTRiviera to include them that'll do for me!

Greenway was the holiday home of Agatha Christie. It has limited parking and you are pointed to Green transport..... River boat or steam train.

The property is not "important"  other I guess than the association with Christie but it has a lovely setting (I can well understand why she chose it) and contains her family collections. It is well worth a visit.






Just get your book and sit and watch the world go by.



Compton Castle was the home of Sir Humphrey Gilbert who colonized Newfoundland for the English. It went to ruin until a later Gilbert bought it back and restored it. Small but a lovely rose garden.






Saturday, 18 June 2016

Saltram House

Saltram House is a Georgian House (well Tudor originally modified by Robert Adam) on the outskirts of Plymouth.






Monday, 30 May 2016

John Webb Windmill

This is John Webb's Mill or Lowe's Mill in Thaxted.

It was built in 1804 for John Webb.




Saturday, 28 May 2016

Peckover House

Peckover House is in Wisbech in Cambridgeshire which contains many fine Georgian buildings.

The house, then known as Bank House, was built in 1722. In 1794 it became the home of the Peckover family for over 150 years and was given to the Trust in 1948. For over 80 years the family ran a bank from it. As well Bankers the Peckovers were Quakers, collectors and philanthropists.

The house is a Georgian merchant house and by the standards of many trust properties. It makes a nice contrast to Paycocke's which is a Tudor merchant house. What I love about Peckover is the garden, it is lovely place to sit and read a book. Another that if I ever win the euro millions I would happily want to own.

You park in a nearby car park (free) and have a short walk to the house which is part of a nice Georgian streetscape over looking the river.