Wouldn't it be nice to visit England again with me? I realize I have not finished posting about our Golden Anniversary trip! So come along with me and we'll take a look at more of lovely England. It certainly will be a cooler day than the one we are experiencing here today! Our temperatures will hit over 100 degrees. So sit back and enjoy a ride through the countryside of Somerset.
I never tire seeing the lovely landscape of Great Britain! We decided to take a drive along the A39 that hugs the coastline between England and the Bristol Bay!
We learned that Somerset got its interesting name because folks used to flock here in the summer to enjoy the bay. Hence-Summer Set stuck as the name. In the distance you can almost see Wales! Waving to you Deb!
As we were enjoying the lovely scenery, we spotted a National Trust sign for Dunster Castle. I must admit we did not know about this property, but decided to have a look. As I mentioned before we are members of the Royal Oak Foundation that is an arm of the National Trust so we have admission to all of their properties.
We learned that there has been a castle here for over 1000 years then as a Victorian country house.
The 13th century gateway is the oldest part of the castle.
The building was remodeled by Anthony Salvin between 1868 and 1872 for the Luttrell family that lived here for 600 years! Come inside with us and we'll take a look around.
The first thing I notice is the beautiful woodwork. Lovely carvings. I love the blue and white china placed in the mantel.
The furnishings are quite elaborate and feature the Victorian decor and collections of the family.
Plastered ceilings throughout the castle are exquisite!
The table is set for dinner. Won't you please take a seat?
Hopefully a pre-dinner tipple will be served to the lady of the manor as well!
I always enjoy seeing the kitchens of these old manor homes. This style is quite modern. The Luttrell family gave the castle and its environs to the National Trust in 1976.
Outside of the kitchen area we continue to view more beautiful carving.
Dunster Castle sits high on a steep hill called a Tor that gives beautiful views of the Bristol Bay area.
The bedrooms are furnished with lovely poster beds.
This quilt was made around 1830 and adorns one of the beds. It was made by one of the Luttrell women.
Dunster Castle's library is quite cozy. Maybe we can have a seat and check out a volume or two.
Step outside with us as we view the vast property and its beauty.
It's quite surprising to see the palm trees here!
What a happy surprise to come upon Dunster Castle.
As we left we decided to continue along the coast and enjoy the beautiful views that awaited us.
Oh England, how I miss your beauty.
Though the ride was a little scary at times, it was so magnificent!
Thank you for coming along with us as we continue to remember.