Sunday, 15 July 2012

A Hidden Gem and Reasons To Be Cheerful

Hello Lovelies, hope you are all having a gorgeous weekend! 
We actually had beautiful sunshine this morning so we made the most of it and headed to a favourite spot.  I can't believe I haven't blogged about this special place before but we haven't been for a while.

This place is so special, so tranquil, so undisturbed by the public it shall remain anonymous :)

As we approached a herd of pretty black cows were sunning themselves in the field.  Some had even ventured into the babbling stream.

Down the bumpity lane we drove.......

as the river came into view

along the grand driveway

Every time we come here I feel we are stepping onto the pages of a Jane Austen novel

bathed in GlOrIoUs summer sunshine

Amazing columns

The view from the lawn, very imposing!

the beautiful view of the river from the top of the stone steps

Blue skies and fluffy clouds, perfect!

Is Dr Who hiding somewhere?

No, it's just us!

This place is used for open air operas and plays during the summer months, so we assumed this was a prop :)

I couldn't do a countryside post without the obligatory cow parsley now, could I?

Stunning, fragrant roses

Pretty pink buds

Loving the zingy lime green against the railway sleepers

My Sweetpeas!

The neighbours!

Our next home?

And now, if you've made it this far, it's Sunday so time for my Reasons to be Cheerful!



  1. What a beautiful place, lovely family escape for a Sunday morning. Great news about your cabinet sales, and woo hoo on the possible commission. xxx

  2. What a great post!
    I'm glad you had nice weather and enjoyed yourselves! The pictures are Jane Austen-y, indeed! Thanks for sharing and enjoy the new week! ;)

  3. What a great place, and a lovely day. Good luck with your commission, I wish we had a little bit of your sunshine!

  4. Thanks for taking me on your getaway. It was lovely! All your good news is great and love the little herb garden!

  5. What a wonderful story! Your photos along with your little comments about each one...made me feel as if I were on your little adventure also! Pictures are just beautiful!!

  6. What a sweet pictures, Victoria :o) So beautiful views and this building as well. My favorite picture will be the "police box" . Thank you for lovely tour :o) I enjoyed it! Love your list too and the box of course ;o)
    Enjoy your sunshine (it's raining here again :o)
    Have a happy and sunny coming week
    Kisses to your Sweetpeas

  7. Great news and a lovely blog post. The herb box is lovely and your favourite place beautiful. No rain here so far but very dark clouds.. Suzannexx

  8. Great post,looks like a lovely secret place...
    Love the herb garden and Love all the poitives in your juliex

  9. what a delightful post. that is an amazing secret place, no wonder you are keeping is quiet!
    how nice of your father in law, such a kind thing to do.
    happy new week
    love jooles x

  10. What a lovely place - perfect for a day out. I especially like the cow parsley photos which are really sculptural. How exciting to find the Tardis too! I think a bit of sunshine brings out the positives in us all.
    Long may it continue to shine!
    Best wishes

  11. What a lovely place this is! I enjoyed seeing you and your family in the photograph!

    Happy new week,

    Madelief x

  12. What a beautiful pictures, especially the cow parsley. But the "Sweet peas" in the police public call box were most funny.
    Wish you all a sunny new week,

  13. Aw, I love anywhere where I can play 'Austen novels!' I really hope the police box isn't a prop, but you know... something else. x

  14. What a peaceful place this looks like. It is definately somewhere I'd love to go. The columns look like some of the ancient ruins in Greece. I love the purple and pink flowers. Flowers are the magic in our lives.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  15. Now we're all wondering where this lovely place is! Lovely pictures of your day. :0)

  16. oh lucky you!! what a beautiful, magical place for all of you..what a fun day!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    fabulous pictures.

  17. Such a lovely post, and what a beautiful place to visit....and i envy your sunshine, nothing but rotten miserable rain down my neck of the woods. x

  18. Hello my lovely! What a wonderfully sublime day spent in the sunshine! I can just imagine the lady of the manor sitting in that garden under a lovely lace brollie, sipping a cup of tea! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful post, and for cheering me up! Tania ♥

  19. Good morning to you!

    Greetings from a wet Ireland!

    Loved reading your post about the great Sunday you had.
    Thank you for taking us on that lovely journey.

    The photos are gorgeous.
    I love the cow parsley and the house
    with those magnificent pillars.

    Nice to read what has been going on during the week that has made you happy too!

    I hope that you have a lovely week Tangledsweetpea and that the sun shines on you.

    Take care

    x Fiona

    ps I loved the peekabo too!

  20. Your pictures are wonderful! It´s like I went there too. Thank you so much for sharing them with us!
    Have a wonderful new week! Barbina

  21. What a glorious place, so idyllic! xx

  22. What a beautiful place, I agree it looks straight out of Jane Austen book. Love the photo's of your family and you in the tardis :)

    What a great herb garden box..what kind of herbs are you growing in there? I was growing some coriander in the greenhouse, it was looking all lovely and then the snails ate it all over one night (pesky critters!).

    Glad to see you enjoyed the sun while it was is hoping for a lot more to come...

    Magie x

  23. What a lovely trip out, we enjoyed with you here Victoria!
    Loved the Tar-dis ,picture, complete with cheery faces!!
    Wishing you a fun week...
    Thank you also for kind words over on mine...
    love Maria x

  24. Mansfield Park lives ;D

    Sweet little herb shoots :D

  25. What a beautiful spot of are lucky to beable to visit such a wonderful place. Thank you for sharing...happy new week. xoxo

  26. What a gorgeous place. Very atmospheric!

  27. Very nice photos! Like a mini-vacation for me!

  28. Oh my, I would be astounded if I came across an old castle like that but it's not going to happen here....we don't have any! LOL! Thanks for sharing as I would love to come across the pond to visit but it is unlikely and you don't see these views on the travel shows. I like your pictures better!