Witley Court – beautiful ruins

I love this place, I try to go at least once a year. The house and gardens are being renovated by English Heritage and they have just finished a seven month restoration on the main attraction. The Perseus and Andromeda fountain. It is spectacular when it is erupting a huge spout of cascading water over the figures. IMG_1873Everyone gasps as they look down from the ruins and see a truly beautiful site in front of them. The gardens are starting to take shape and is a great safe place for families to have a picnic.

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There are also walks of varying lengths which are not too strenuous for all. There is the old boat house, a play area  and a most magnificent church. To top it off tucked behind the church is a tearoom which serve delicious homemade cakes which you can eat inside or outside under trees.

The history of  Witley Court is fascinating, destroyed by fire and once overrun with bikers at one point, all the information you need to know is on a free audio guide.

Witley Court has a romance about it that draws you back time after time.

So if you are looking for a day out with the family or a walk with the dog I cannot recommend Witley Court enough.IMG_1875

 Beaches to explore in Appledore Devon

If you haven’t been to Appledore in Devon you are missing a real treat. It’s beautiful. A lovely quiet town with a charm all of it’s own.image

There are quaint narrow streets, that are wonderful to explore. You turn a corner and find an art gallery or a cafe, pub and in season home owners sometimes open up their cottages to sell products. You won’t find loads of shops but the ones that are there are lovely. There is a great arts and craft gallery, that sell some lovely items, if you like homemade cakes you have to visit the Coffee Cabin on the front, the cakes are so good you have to return to try whats been baked each day. The hosts are also very friendly and accommodating.image

If you enjoy walking you are spoil for choice. Which ever way you walk you are in for a treat, once you reach the beach on the estuary you feel like Robinson Crusoe – hardly anyone around and the sands are beautiful. I believe you cannot swim there because of dangerous currents. If you enjoy collecting driftwood and shells you will spoilt for choice.image

There are also wild horses roaming on the beach and reserve which adds to the beauty. You really must go, it’s so invigorating, imagewhich in our case always ended up with tea and cake at the Coffee Cabin.

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