The stables are now a cafe and we ate our breakfast here before the paying public arrived! We were quite surprised when the old gentleman next to us started to talk to us(and quote verses of his own poetry)told us his life story and then thanked us for coming! It was only Patrick Gordon-Duff-Pennington the owner of the castle. He is often seen around the castle accosting the public and pruning shrubs where e're he goes.
(Warning - from now on there are lots of photos)
|Our bedroom was just above the sign|
|The view of the owl Sanctuary from our bedroom window|
|My favourites - spectacled owls- because we had free access |
I visited these little fellas a few times
|These two were huge!|
On our first evening we decided to go along to Ravenglass for our evening meal! It had been rainy but we still decided to go for a walk. It is quite a small village and I'm sure would look even more picturesque on a sunny day!
When we came out of the restaurant after our meal I noticed an orange glow coming from behind the house opposite - walked along and saw this….
The dark clouds lit up by the sunrays was fascinating!
Ravenglass has a small railway and Roman ruins too.
The next day we spent around the castle - lots going on as it was Bank Holiday week. We were also treated to the sound of two Elizabethan musicians very so often which gave a great atmosphere to the castle grounds(neither of us got a good photo)
The more formal gardens were beautiful with fantastic views
|This was the entrance for coach house residents, past a beautiful church|
The terrace walk provided the best views, the hedges are alternate Yew and Box.
At 4 o'clock each day loads (14 on the day we were there)of Herons turn up to be fed!
Once we had seen the Herons we headed off to see something I had looked forward to for a while!
This is Wast Water and was voted Britain's Favourite View!
Can you see why?
|The Screes look quite dangerous|
|The view back the other way from the top wasn't quite as good|
|This was right at the top of the lake and is one of my favourite photos|
We headed back alongside to a lovely pub for our evening meal.
If you would like to see why we didn't leave after checking out on the Saturday (our Anniversary) watch out for part 2!
Thanks for looking, Chris