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Dunwich

The North Sea Coast

Greetings! Our next adventure was requested by none other than Penny herself. She wanted to go to the beach as she had never been to one before. After a little research, we came upon the Suffolk coast which includes the Dunwich area and is less than a two hour drive away.

And now time for a little history on the Dunwich area. In the 11th century, Dunwich was apparently the 10th largest city in England. Storms in the 13th and 14th centuries swept the city into the sea. An few articles on the research in finding the city and its history:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-35549952
http://www.dunwich.org.uk/history/

Someone impatiently waiting to leave.
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We stayed in the charming little town on Westleton, just a mile or so away from the coast. It was a very dog friendly town. The White Horse, a cute little pub, was right across the street from our AirBnb and came highly recommended. Unfortunately, we ran out of time and didn't make it there, but it was on our list.

Our first day we went to the National Trust Dunwich Heath site. Dunwich Heath is an example of coastal lowland heath. Heath is a shrubland habitat found mainly on free-draining infertile, acidic soils and is characterised by open, low-growing woody vegetation.The heath is mostly covered with heather, both Common Heather and Bell Heather, and European and Western Gorse but there is also some woodland and grassland included in the reserve. Dunwich Heath has been owned by the National Trust since 1968 when it purchased the area with the help of a donation from the Heinz company as part of the Trust's goal of acquiring various coastlines to prevent them from being developed. We just missed the most colorful period of the heath a few weeks prior.

National Trust Dunwich Heath: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunwich-heath-and-beach

Pictures from Dunwich Heath:
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We ate at the highly recommended, The Ship, which is also a quaint inn near Dunwich Beach. We had excellent food there.
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After dinner, we checked out Dunwich Beach.
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The next day, we took Penny for her first beach experience at Dunwich Beach. She wasn't sure about the water and preferred to walk parallel to it, so she could keep an eye on it. She also enjoyed leaving her footprints in what little bit of sand she came across. Most of the beach was rocks, but she didn't seem to mind.
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Just a bit west of the beach we came across, Greyfriars, the ruins of a Franciscan friary.
https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1006039

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We had a great time in the Dunwich area and would absolutely return to explore some of the surrounding villages and towns.

On to the next adventure!

Posted by LCP 23:14 Archived in England Tagged coast beach national suffolk trust heath dunwich westleton Comments (2)

Avebury Manor

National Trust Property in the Avebury World Heritage Site

While staying in Newbury, we took the short drive over to Avebury to check out Avebury Manor and some of the ancient burial grounds nearby. Avebury Manor is a sixteenth century manor house in Avebury near Marlborough, next to the Avebury neolithic henge monument. It is a National Trust property and in 2011 was the subject of the BBC One television series The Manor Reborn, in which the house was refurbished by a group of experts in collaboration with the Trust. The house reminded me in some ways of Woolsthorpe Manor, also a national trust property. It was definitely a more cozy house than some of the other stately homes we have visited.

Avebury Manor: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury/features/transforming-avebury-manor

Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites: https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/373/

The village of Avebury:
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Burial grounds:
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St. James Church:
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This is a picture of the dovecote which is used to house pigeons or doves. I didn't know such a thing existed nor had I seen one until we arrived in England.
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The front of the manor:
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Pictures from inside the house:
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I am sure the gardens are beautiful in the Spring, so we might just to have to come back. It was December when we visited, not the best time for that sort of thing.
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The docents in Avebury were very helpful and knowledgeable. The National Trust has some of the most friendly guides in any of the many places we have visited.

Onto Blenheim Palace...

Here is a link to a new internet radio station with a focus on travel bloggers, COLLAGE TRAVEL RADIO: https://live365.com/station/collage-Travel-radio-a95388

Posted by LCP 22:48 Archived in England Tagged manor national ancient burial avebury trust mounds Comments (0)

The Vyne

National Trust Property in Hampshire

While in Newbury, we opted to take the short drive to visit The Vyne, a National Trust property in Basingstoke, Hampshire after spending the morning at Highclere Castle. The Vyne is a 16th-century estate and country house that retains a lot of its Tudor charm. It was built for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain. Apparently the King was entertained three times at the house. The house belonged to the Sandys family before being passed to the Chutes family. The house was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1956.

The Vyne: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-vyne

The Vyne was originally a much larger house, but was reduced in size. The red area in the picture below shows the original size of the house. It
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The South Front is the way in which we entered.
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Staircase Hall:
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These are some of the rooms in the house.
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Back in the day women were not educated, so they would take up drawing. These are a few of the Chute daughters' drawings of the various rooms in the house and how they were arranged hundreds of years ago.
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There was a beautiful chapel in the house with wonderful stained glass.
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Gardens:
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The Vyne was a beautiful house and we really enjoyed our visit. The docents in the various rooms were extremely knowledgable and very nice.

On to Stonehenge...

Posted by LCP 00:54 Archived in England Tagged the national hampshire trust vyne Comments (1)

Plas Newydd

National Trust Property in Llanddaniel Fab, near Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey, Wales

In addition to visiting the Short Stack Lighthouse and Cliffs, we also went to Plas Newydd, another National Trust Property in Wales. Plas Newydd is considered a "country house" and parts of the house date back to the 1470s. The house sits on the Menai Strait and looks across at the Snowdonia Mountains. The house belonged to the Marquess of Anglesey who was awarded his title for bravery during the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 where he served under the Duke of Wellington and lost a leg. One of the main claims to fame of the house is the painting by Rex Whistler in the Dining Room.

Plas Newydd: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/plas-newydd-country-house-and-gardens

Plas Newydd:
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Bedrooms:
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Study:
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Artwork:
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Rex Whistler Painting in the Dining Room:
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Spectacular Gardens:
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That concludes our trip to Wales. I cannot wait to go back and explore other parts of Wales, particularly southern Wales. This was such a great trip!
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On to the next adventure!

Posted by LCP 01:28 Archived in Wales Tagged national wales trust anglesey plas newydd Comments (1)

Penrhyn Castle

National Trust Property Llandygai, Bangor , Gwynedd, North Wales

In addition to visiting Caernarfon Castle on our first full day in Wales, we also visited to Penrhyn Castle. Penrhyn Castle is a National Trust property in Bangor, Wales. The castle occupies a strategic position between two rivers on the route from England to Bangor and the Isle of Anglesey. There has been a house on the property since medieval times. The house was designed by Thomas Hopper and constructed from 1820-32. The house belonged to the Pennant family who made their wealth originally in sugar plantations in Jamaica and then in the slate quarry business locally. Apparently the Pennants ran the quarry business in a very unpopular fashion which led to strikes in the early 1900s. The family's bitter legacy is not completely forgotten by the locals.

Penrhyn Castle: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/penrhyn-castle
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The Grand Hall:
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The Library:
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The Drawing Room:
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The Ebony Room:
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The Grand Staircase:
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Bedrooms:
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The Chapel:
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The Dining Room:
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The Breakfast Room:
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The Kitchen:
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Gardens:
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Chapel ruin in the gardens:
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Views:
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I really enjoyed Penrhyn Castle and gardens. The room docents were very friendly and helpful. My favorite room was the Library (no surprise there, ha!). The chapel was also lovely, simple but lovely. The gardens were also fantastic. Onto Wales Day 2....

Posted by LCP 23:01 Archived in Wales Tagged family jamaica castle national wales sugar trust bangor penrhyn pennant Comments (1)

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