A Beach Cottage On Tour in England Part IV…The Castle

Mon 17th, May, 2010

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Good moaning, hope you are all well!

Would you like to come on a magical tour with me of an old moated castle right in the heart of some of the best countryside?

Yep?  Well good as I thought I would share with you in Part IV of my trip to the Old Country, an enchanting eye-candy filled visit to a lovely old castle, reputedly the loveliest castle in the world.

This, my friends, is what Blighty does best and is filled with memories for me…days when the BC kiddos were little…days without tight schedules, school, activities or timetables…days when we would come down here to explore whatever the weather held…those English days before we found The Lucky Country, where we only dreamt of sun and living by the sea.

We would pack up the car with supplies…a picnic, wet weather clothing, a bat and ball…and spend the whole day rambling around this beautiful old castle tucked away in the depths of the Garden of England.

It was, and is, the perfect way to while away a day.


As we strolled again the colours were breathtaking and yet again from behind the lens of the camera I am seeing old things, very much, in a beautiful new light.

And for sure when on a journey to discover beauty, here, I was not disappointed.


The day was, as is normal when one goes out on a day trip in Britain, bumbled around in a hearty mix of different weather, moving through what felt like a few seasons in one day…when we first arrived it was warm and the sun tinged us as we strolled along the meandering pathways, glimpsing at various turns the magic that can only be the castle.

The filtered light casting a magic British Spring-like deep wash of velvety green to everything.


It seems at every turn there was some little piece of old England, a forgotten wall here, old path there…


Even the big old trees and meandering water, eluding to the whisper of history of days gone by…

It felt to me that everything was calling me and offering Britain working at its best…


The paths and walkways lead you all the way down to the castle itself, and that first glance as one turns the corner of course takes one off to another place…one where Henry might walk past with one of his wives…

But what fascinates me most about the story of this old wonder is the Anglo-American who captured by its aura beautified this place up to its eyeballs…one Olive Wilson Filmer fell under the spell of this magic castle in the 20′s, swiftly bought it and used it as her working home


Before we walked around here I had completely forgotten that many years ago, when Mr BC and I were first together, before the little crew joined us we spent a memorable romantic night not far from this stream here.


We turned up on a balmy summer’s afternoon, laden with picnic rugs, champagne, baskets choc full of strawberries and cream and made our way down to the castle with some friends…the backdrop to the evening the breathtaking views, our entertainment the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra..a perfect way to spend a long late evening in the English summer…


There really is not much, I feel, that can match the glories of an old English castle, whether the sun is out for not and it seems with Mr Teenage BC having inherited my love for history, I will be able to fulfill my insatiable appetite for all things of this nature further and may just have to partake in a few more adventures overseas of this sort…all of course in the name of education…


I do hope you enjoyed our meander?

There’s more to come of all the best that Old Blighty has to offer.

I will see you girls soon.


p.s. thanks for all the comments on the other England Tour posts…sorry I am not getting back to many of you at the mo’

and in other news, my new website is getting close…can’t wait…

oh and to those who asked me about vinegar!  

real vinegar is not really ‘real’ just that in Aus it seems vinegar and chips are a rare combo

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36 Responses to “A Beach Cottage On Tour in England Part IV…The Castle”

  1. Becca says:

    that castle is absolutely enchanting! i dream of touring the english countryside and spending days in places like that. thanks for sharing!

  2. Kat says:

    Another beautiful post Sarah, and with each one you tug at my heartstrings to venture across the pond to see and experience all of the things you and your son are doing…and it’s not even my homeland! 2 years is too long to have not visited to the UK!

    Kat :)

  3. Anita says:

    Beautiful pictures Sarah, a very magical place! Like walking into a fairy tale. The grass is such a bright green. Just so pretty!

  4. Stacey says:

    Amazing pictures and thank you for describing it just so.


  5. Tiff says:

    Sarah, so glad you are having a lovely time. The pics are relaxing and make me want to be “there”.
    Where is that castle? I feel like I have been there, but there are many that look similar, so I can’t be sure!

  6. deb says:

    Magic photos Sarah. I feel as if Mr Darcy is going to emerge from the pond/moat any moment in his white shirt and whisk Miss Elizabeth Bennett away!

  7. Tricia Rose says:

    It’s Leeds Castle isn’t it? We had the most idyllic picnics there with the children playing in the gardens. Loved the interior too, it was homey and comfortable and so beautiful. What a wonderful day you had, you are right, that is the soul of England, countryside and glorious old buildings…

  8. Kim says:

    ommmg!! i dont even know what else to say! i am so jealous you get to see all this beauty i dream of but in a good way i am so glad to get to see it and hear about it from you here on this blog! it is quite enchanting and beautiful!!!! wow!!!!
    enjoy your time there how much longer are you there for????

  9. Paddy says:

    Memo to Qantas: Sarah and her son deserve an upgrade on the way home. All things considered. PS: No pressure or anything. But more garden shots please!!!

  10. Anne-Marie says:

    As much as I love Aus, we do not have the history of blighty.
    Wish we had us some magnificent castles such as this!

  11. Susan Page says:

    Beautiful photos, beautiful descriptions…love it love it love it…. Thanks Sarah

  12. karli says:

    please post up the locations when you post pics so maybe we can dream of visiting one day too! thx!!

  13. Bev says:

    Breathtaking , Thanks Sarah

  14. Ruby Wand says:

    so beautiful! what a nice way to start my morning.

  15. I love to visit all these beautiful places. Looks so great!

  16. Alexis says:

    Gasp! Can I move there?

  17. Tara says:

    sure hope this is a trip that our family can take…it’s definitely on the “bucket list!”

  18. Tanya says:

    So beautiful, thank you for sharing :-)

  19. Mrs. Pearl says:

    Listening to classical music with that backdrop would be heaven. Great photos…thanks for sharing.

  20. Tovah says:

    It is so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your vacation with us. I’d been waiting for some castle photos and they did not disappoint!

  21. Vicki K says:

    Thank you Sarah – the bottom photo is particularly breathtaking. Love your perspective!

  22. Cindy S says:

    Wow, Sarah, I have never even seen photos of these places. Thanks for the tour, I LOVE it, I have always wanted to visit Great Britain. Canada is a Commonwealth country just as Australia is, so it feels like it is a part of our history, too. I’m so happy to know that you and young Mr B.C. are enjoying yourselves so much.
    Hugs, Cindy

  23. I am just loving this tour of England through your eyes! What a beautiful castle. And whatever processing you used on your photos gives them such a dreamy, haunting look…I love them. Can’t wait to see more :)

  24. Absolutely breath-taking!
    XO Piper

  25. Thanks Sarah, I feel like I am on tour with you. I love it all but especially the beach photo’s and the fish and chips with vinegar! Such lovely places to visit.

  26. Debbie says:

    How beautiful Sarah!!!! Your photos are wonderful!
    Thank you for sharing with us.

  27. DeAna says:

    couldn’t have asked for a better study break. swoon.

  28. Amber Ferrier says:

    So Beautiful it hurts!

  29. Jan J. says:

    Another breathtaking tour – who can beat a castle for romance and beauty!? Thanks for sharing!

  30. Becky says:

    You can only imagine my excitement happening onto your blog just a few days after my hubby announced that we were going to London. I have read each of your posts and dreamed of the castles and cottages that are yet to be discovered and now if I could only pick your brain as to the many things that we must do while there.

  31. Alison Gibbs says:

    Such beautiful photos of the castle

  32. Excellent photos. Nice to read about your experience in England.

  33. Alia says:

    Oh my goodness these photos are so lovely! Looking at them makes me jealous and yet I can’t stop. Oh England why do you taunt me so…

  34. Wow! I just got back from England and Scotland and these posts are making me want to march right back there and take better photos. Gorgeous!

  35. Some very beautiful photos here. I love the tall one of the castle and moat. I’m wondering if I can use it for the book cover of my latest fiction novel. I’d even pay something for it. Please reply. Thanks.

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