Castle Combe

Castle Combe is a quintessentially English village often named as the ‘prettiest village in England.’ The village sits in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in north west Wiltshire.

Castle Combe has featured regularly as a film location, most recently in The Wolf Man, Stardust and Stephen Spielberg’s War Horse. It was also used in the original Dr Doolittle film.
The village has a rich history and the houses are made up of the honey coloured Cotswold stone, typical for a village of this area.

Within Castle Combe you’ll find a Market Cross and St Andrew’s Church which dates from the 13th century. The church houses a faceless clock which is reputed to be one of the oldest working clocks in the country. You’ll also find a couple of pubs and a luxury hotel with a golf course within the village.

Stroll along the village to the bridge and you’ll not only enjoy the views but may be able to purchase homemade cakes, sweets or bunches of flowers from outside the locals’ houses. Stop at the bottom of the village by the bridge and enjoy a great photographic moment too!

Castle Combe

Castle Combe

Castle Combe

Castle Combe

St Andrew's Church

St Andrew's Church

St Andrew's Church

Castle Combe

1 Comment CherryPie on Dec 3rd 2020

Christmas Sparkle

Stepping out from my doorstep this afternoon I had a lovely five mile walk (sorry no photos). It was a little chilly but that didn’t stop me from ’sitting and resting a while’ on one of my favourite benches watching the ducks and geese up to their antics.

I wasn’t entirely alone. Nearby was a fisherman waiting patiently by the side of the pool, fishing rod in hand. In the short time that I was there he hooked two fish. This is the first time I have seen a fisherman land a catch there. I wonder if this was because the pool was quiet and he was patient and gentle.

After my walk we put up the first of our Christmas decorations, a decorated tree in the front of our house. Usually we wait until a week before Christmas but this year I think everyone needs a little sparkle and shine to cheer them up.

6 Comments CherryPie on Dec 2nd 2020

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

William Blake

Eternity

4 Comments CherryPie on Nov 30th 2020

Brodsworh Hall & Gardens

Take a stroll in the labyrinthine ‘grand gardens in miniature’ now restored to their Victorian heyday. Enjoy the garden vistas and discover enchanting features like the pleasure grounds with their fountain centrepiece or the classical summerhouse or the fern dell and pet cemetery.

With snowdrops and winter evergreens, spring tulips and laburnum and summer roses and autumnal leaves, the gardens are open year-round with an ever-changing colour palette.

Brodsworh Hall & Gardens

Brodsworh Hall & Gardens

Brodsworh Hall & Gardens

Brodsworh Hall & Gardens

Brodsworh Hall & Gardens

Brodsworh Hall & Gardens

Brodsworh Hall & Gardens

Brodsworh Hall & Gardens

Brodsworh Hall & Gardens

Brodsworh Hall & Gardens

6 Comments CherryPie on Nov 29th 2020

Conisbrough Castle

The magnificent keep at Conisbrough Castle is one of South Yorkshire’s most striking landmarks. The castle was the centre of a great Norman lordship, given by William the Conqueror to William de Warenne. The keep was probably built in the 1170s or 1180s. Escaping damage in the Civil War, it became a picturesque ruin in the 18th and 19th centuries, and inspired Sir Walter Scott’s most famous novel, Ivanhoe, published in 1819.

Conisbrough Castle

Conisbrough Castle

Conisbrough Castle

10 Comments CherryPie on Nov 25th 2020

Bebra Gardens

Bebra Gardens is a small, attractive park close to Knaresborough Castle.

This hidden gem, which provides a haven from the hustle and bustle of the town centre is named in honour of the town’s links with Bebra, Germany.

The gardens are on a steep slope and there are sloping, meandering pathways leading through mature trees and conifers. The paths lead to the paddling pool at the lowest point and onto Waterside below.

Memorial Bench

8 Comments CherryPie on Nov 24th 2020

Knaresborough War Memorial

The memorial commemorates the residents of Knaresborough who were killed or missing in World War I (155 names) and World War II (54 names).

Knaresborough War Memorial

Knaresborough War Memorial

Knaresborough War Memorial

6 Comments CherryPie on Nov 23rd 2020

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