Christmas at the Vyne

We visited The Vyne on New Year’s Eve to meet up with family. We had a nice day out and enjoyed the house all decorated for Christmas.

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Belton House

Last Saturday we went to Belton House near Grantham for an afternoon outing, we were in the area picking up a new car, but more on that another time. It was a gorgeous day. We had lunch and then walked around the gardens, there was a maze!

The gardens were really beautiful, lots of massive trees, formal gardens, fountains, statues, and a hothouse.

The house was very interesting, lots to see, and it had a really nice feel to it. In one of the rooms there was a man explaining the processes they use to conserve the books, that was very interesting.

It was a very hot day so we had a nice cold drink before the drive home. There was even a cricket match going on, it was a perfect summer day.

Canons Ashby

Zoë had a day off on Friday and wanted to go on an outing. We packed a small picnic and set off for Canons Ashby.

It was a grey and windy day so we had our picnic then a quick walk around the gardens, before a mooch in the house.

Trerice and Drizzle

Our visit to Trerice was rather damp. It was drizzling and misty.



The house is a rare example of an Elizabethan house in Cornwall and very interesting with a really long gallery and a hidden balcony overlooking the hall.

The knot garden was still looking a bit wintery.


We were able to have a go at brass rubbing, always good fun!


We finished our visit off with a massive, and very tasty, piece of lemon meringue pie!

Lanhydrock in the Rain

It was very wet on Tuesday but we ventured out to the National Trust house Lanhydrock.


We arrived at lunchtime, Zoë and I had a jacket potato followed by apple crumble and custard. The restaurant had an open fire which helped to dry us out!


Lanhydrock is one of our favourite National Trust houses, there is so much to see, from the kitchens and servants areas to all the grand family rooms.


The most impressive room is the gallery. It is really long, has a beautiful ceiling and a fantastic collection of 17th century books.


We had a damp walk back to the car but it was a good day out.

Wray Castle

We decided to walk to the National Trust property Wray Castle on Tuesday as the weather forecast promised us a nice day.

Wray Castle is at the edge of Lake Windermere and not too far from Ambleside, and there are off road footpaths most of the way making it a pleasant walk.

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The Castle was interesting, it was built in Victorian times and had been a conference centre before the National Trust acquired it so it isn’t like most big houses, there are few period features, but it does mean you can explore!

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We walked back to Ambleside and then did an extra loop via Rydal Hall before returning to our cottage.

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We had an ice cream to keep us going!

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Rydal Hall had some interesting yarn based sculptures and a pretty waterfall.

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It was a very long day and we really needed our dinner! We went to Dodd’s again as we enjoyed it so much the first time. I had black pudding to start, then pizza, and then cheesecake!

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