I am fortunate enough to have seen few fascinating castles until I started living in UK.
Eastnor castle in Herefordshire is another one which we have explored and I have to put it on my “done” list. It is a mock castle, built between 1812-24 and remains the home of the Hervey-Bathurst family. The interior of the stately home has magnificent collections of armour, Italian furniture, Flemish tapestries, paintings, lots of old books, antiques and a chapel.
The setting of the castle is amazing surrounded by a lush arboretum, beautiful grounds and lake.
Eastnor castle organizes often exciting events and activities for all ages. So if you want to take a peek here is http://eastnorcastle.com/.
My son had fun in the adventure playground , and all we loved the lakeside and woodland walk and our picnic.
On the way back we stopped in Ledbury, an attractive market town with narrow cobbled streets and lots of timber-framed buildings, quaint-looking little shops and pubs. We wandered around a bit and we went to see the amazing 16th century painted room in the Registry office. Remarkable fresco paintings were found under layers of plaster in 1989, which show Tudor knot gardens and fruit full of vibrant colours and contain also biblical texts and proverbs.
One of the texts says
“That in his heart regardeth not, malicious, wicked men: but those that love and fear the Lord”
I do love castles they look so mysterious and impressive….still to see more and enjoy.