Every family has it's ups and downs doesn't it and
mine is no different especially recently,
so Mr T and I were looking
forward to the short break
we'd booked a few months ago.
We'd booked a country house hotel in the
Coming from a west country family I have very rarely
travelled northwards on holiday, mine were usually
family visits South West so this was to some extent a
a new experience.
The weather left some thing to be desired but
the surroundings certainly made up for it.
Our room looked out over the grounds which
I would love to walk around properly
--when it isn't raining.
But as you can see from these pictures it was a trifle damp
and so were we by the time we got back to our room after
a short stroll to stretch our legs.
Never mind the G&T in the old library before dinner
soon raised our spirits again.
The hot stone massage in the Spa the
following morning got rid any remaining stress.
It was my first massage done this way
and I loved it so it won't be
With lovely bright blue sky but a cold wind
it was time to explore the area a little.
A while back one of the lovely ladies that I follow in Blogland
wrote about Newstead Abbey, so when I realised this was close to where we
were staying it had to be visited.
The castle had been owned by the Bryon family, those of
Lord Bryon fame, at one time and
The Fifth Lord was apparently rather eccentric.
little castles built either side of the large lake at the top of the
gardens (near the car park)
and had mock sea battles with his staff in boats on the lake
with him firing at them from the castles and sinking the boats.
How bizarre is that and not to mention just a bit dangerous.
Unfortunately the house is only open at weekends
but the grounds and the cafe were both very nice.
There were several noisy peacocks strutting around
as well as guinea fowl and geese.
This lovely old tunnel leads you in to the formal spanish garden
Then into what I assume was the walled kitchen garden
at one stage although the gardeners there now don't seem to be
working very hard.
Aren't they fantastic, it looked liked
they were made out of chicken wire.
The japanese garden at the bottom of the hill looked
as though it had been flooded during the winter floods
but was still very charming.
The grounds go down hill with waterfalls taking the
water from the top lake to lower lake.
This one you can get behind and look through
which was fun although poor Mr T had to crouch as
it's a bit low for taller people.
Would love to have a go at this making some like this
Back to Thoresby hall to spend the evening relaxing
in the beautifully restored Great Hall after a wonderful
dinner in a beautiful dining room with silk on the walls.
We have already booked for next year,
although for longer this time.
Hope you have all had a good week and are enjoying your weekend.
We are off to the West country again this week, this time with
a van full of furniture for eldest daughter who has found herself
in need of it.
See you all again when I get back.