Tag Archives: Halls

West Somerset Strongholds

Somerset’s western sector, delineated by the M5, has quite a few castles of every variety plus, as you progress further west into the county, you’ll find yourself in the middle of one of the most beautiful national forests you may … Continue reading

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Odyssey of South Oxfordshire Manors and Halls

A number of mansions and manors south of Oxford feature even more unique attributes than their northern counterparts. Ashdown House is certainly one, giving the impression that it belongs in the pages of a fairy tale book. It is a … Continue reading

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Warwickshire Wonderlands, South, Part Two

In the west midlands area, the southern portion of Warwickshire is the true northern gateway to the Cotswolds which stretch further south in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire and follows the Cotswold Hills- a route peppered with magnificent formal gardens all the … Continue reading

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New Hall ~ Birmingham’s Royal Castle Hotel

     One of the perks of looking for castles is finding those which have been converted to a hotel. Not all of them are as people-friendly as New Hall which is six miles north of Birmingham on the A5127. It … Continue reading

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Heavenly Hotels of Herefordshire

In order to offer what I feel would be truly extraordinary accommodations during your castle adventures in Herefordshire I am including a few venues which technically are not hotels in the strictest sense of the word. Many Landmark Trust offerings, … Continue reading

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Heavenly Halls and Habitations of Herefordshire

Hereford’s distinction as the capital of the Saxon kingdom of West Mercia is an historical drawing card which still exhibits itself today as a primarily rural community with a cattle market still held there every Wednesday. The local history is … Continue reading

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Scintillating Shropshire !

High the vanes of Shrewsbury gleam Islanded in Severn stream; The bridges from the steepled crest, Cross the water east and west. A.E Housman           Shropshire is a best-kept secret within the country of England and possibly world-wide. It’s populated … Continue reading

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Lady Anne Clifford’s 17th Century Legacy

     Lady Anne at 56.      One of the most famous castle restorers of any century in Britain would most certainly be Lady Anne Clifford. Born into a noble inheritance on the 30th of January in 1590 at Skipton Castle in North … Continue reading

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Greater London- not Middlesex.. or is it?

                                                                                                                                                                          Don’t leave home without it!          The metropolis known today as Greater London, with its hundreds of square miles and millions of people is actually comprised of many separate cities and boroughs- each with their … Continue reading

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Treasure Houses of England

     Today I want to cover grand estates of England which are classed as the Treasure Houses of England, two of which were built as monasteries and one medieval castle. Treasure Houses are special world class estates most of which are determined by … Continue reading

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