Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bath, Wilton House, Wales

This is Wilton House - the home of the 18th Earl of Pembroke. It's been in his family for over 500 years. It's breathtakingly beautiful, meticulously maintained and absolutely awe-inspiring. It wasn't on our original list of houses to see but I stumbled upon it while shuffling through our Wilshire guide. It was just outside of Salisbury - just a few miles outside of town. SO worth the trip. We took a tour of the house and strolled through the gardens. Cate had a great time at the adventure playground too. It was a wonderful few hours.  They filmed parts of Sense and Sensiblity, Young Victoria, Mrs. Brown, Pride and Prejudice (it was Pemberly in the Keira Knightly film) and in a bunch of other things. I highly recommend it!
 Here's Cate strolling through the gardens at the entrance. Shortly after this photo was taken the Earl himself drove out of the private section and left the house. He's very handsome, young and recently married - sorry ladies!

It took less than an hour to get to  Bath - I was surprised by the colour of the buildings - almost all of Bath is a beige, limestone rock - the buildings, not the city. Miles and miles of buildings with this Bath rock (as I was told it's called there). We strolled all over the city. Took in the Abbey which was, once again, magnificent.

We had dinner at the Pump House which I have always wanted to do. I've seen it in so many movies and televisions shows as well as having read about it in so many books - it was a must do. It was fun - not quite the glamour of the old days, but there was a brilliant pianist playing and the fountain with hot spring water was open - serving people glasses full of it. I had to have one. Funnily enough - it tasted like hot water! Who'd thunk it?

The next day we toured the Roman Baths - here's Fen and X:
It was really fascinating going through it. There were a few excellent exhibits explaining how the baths were found, built and then utilized. I have to say it was one of the more interesting exhibits I've seen in a long time.

We then took off for Wales. Our first stop was Castle Coch - it's was UNREAL - like a fairy castle hidden in the hills.
 It's history is very interesting - it was actually a ruin that was bought again in the Victorian era and rebuilt into this fairy like castle. It's beautifully decorated but we didnt' take any interior photos (not allowed). You can see/read more about it here.

We did a quick tour of Cardiff and Newport before settling in for the evening. The next day we drove to Uffington in England - the Cotswolds in search of the largest White Horse. We found it but I have to say - we couldn't make out a horse from the limestone chalk! Still, it was pretty impressive. Here it is:

3 comments:

  1. Very interesting and entertaining. Thank you for posting this.

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  2. Castle Coch looks wonderful. My littler girl would love it - I think we may be taking a visit there sometime! Glad you had a good time.

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  3. Glad u enjoyed your trip .... u came very close to where I live hehehehehe xx

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