After leaving Hilltop all I could do was smile. The weather was improving and we made our way to Hawkshead. I wanted to see the Gallery there with Beatrix Potter's original artwork. The Gallery is housed in the old law offices of William Heelis--husband of Beatrix Potter. Check out the National Trust page about the Gallery-Here There is no photography allowed in the Gallery. The two story office is quite small with a fireplace in the entrance. We gazed at all the original drawings that fill this two story office. How incredible!!!
Hawkshead is a lovely little town that is filled with little shops-- Yes, Beatrix Potter shops.
We left Hawkshead and knew we would be in for more narrow roads. We decided we had time to visit one more National Trust site before going to our apartment. See the GPS on the windshield? I'm so thankful for this amazing tool. By the way, in England they call a GPS (global positioning system)--SAT NAV(satellite navigation).
Somehow when I look at these photos, the roads look larger--trust me they are narrow!
We wanted to see Wray Castle. So we are on our way!
Wray Castle is a folly of a home! The castle was built for two people! No kidding. Nathaniel Hawthorne said about Wray--"A mimic castle...a giant, foolish toy of graystone." Beatrix Potter stayed here with her family in 1882 when their usual holiday home in Scotland was booked up.
|Beatrix Potter and Family at Wray Castle
This is the castle we see as we drive to the car park.
Coming into the castle we see a large entryway. Looking up we find this amazing view!
This castle is huge as one might expect. There is one room after the other. It was built in 1840 by James Dawson's direction. The National Trust acquired it in 1929 and it has served many purposes since then. It was a Youth Hostel, a Freshwater Biological Association home, a home for the Merchant Navy serving as RMS Wray Castle. 150 cadets lived here during their training. In 2011 The National Trust wanted to lease the property as a hotel. These plans were abandoned and instead they allowed visitors to Wray Castle. It was so popular that they have been inviting visitors to come to Wray Castle since 2014. It clearly is in transition and the National Trust invites ideas for consideration.
This is the view out of one of the windows!!! It is breathtaking!
One of the rooms is dedicated to Beatrix Potter and contains many old photos of her and her family.
|from left to right--Beatrix Potter, Beatrix Potter with bunny, Beatrix and brother Bertram, Beatrix and William Heelis, Norman Warne(Beatrix Potter's editor and fiance')
Wray Castle was quite interesting. The views were spectacular!
Wray Castle property borders the beautiful Lake Windermere. I love the views from Wray!
What a wonderful exciting day we have enjoyed!
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Happy Fourth of July! ♥