It was an extremely frosty and foggy morning when we set off, and although the fog cleared as we headed away from the hills, it was still hanging around here and there.
Although the castle is open almost every day, we were only able to access the house by a guided tour where once again we felt like sheep being rushed around without actually being able to stop and see anything properly. Overall, the NT seems to have softened its strict no photography inside properties policy that was certainly in place up until a few years ago, but at this property photography was firmly prohibited due to much of the contents being privately owned, so we were unable to take any pictures inside.
|They were just gearing up for Christmas|
|The view from the castle terrace over part of the gardens|
|A small lake in the gardens which provided ice for the ice house|
|Small, standing in the entrance to the old ice house|
|Small, next to a Californian redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)|
|Looking up at the castle from the gardens|
The young man serving in the cafe was kind enough to let me taste a bit first as I don't actually like parsnips and was a bit dubious. It turned out to be absolutely delicious, so much so that I asked for, and got, the recipe. I shall be having a go at making some of my own, so watch this space to see how it turns out!
Until next time. x