26 February 2017

If you happen to be in Bournemouth with an afternoon to spare, I can't recommend the Russell-Cotes Museum more highly. We visited during spring half term. Once a family home, the museum now houses...

Grimsthorpe 001I've been calling it Grimsthorpe Manor for years, but in actual fact it is Grimsthorpe Castle. It is situated a few miles from Bourne, Lincolnshire. The castle sits in 3000 acres of gardens and parkland laid out by none other than Capability Brown in the 1700s.

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One thing is for certain: the building is VERY OLD. One tower is said to date back to the 12th century. A large part of the house is Tudor, and in fact Henry VIII stayed there in 1541 while journeying to York to meet his nephew James V of Scotland. Descendants of the deer that King Henry VIII hunted now roam the parkland, grazing under ancient oaks.

For me the best part was walking around the ancient apple orchard. Lovely English roses have been trained up the apple trees, as you will see in my photos.

Fun fact: Nancy Astor, the American politician who became Britain's first female MP, died at Grimsthorpe in 1964.

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