Sunday, June 13, 2010

Elvaston Castle

Sometimes the unexpected can lead you to a hidden gem. 
Over the half term break we ventured to Nottingham to visit a tent display, to our great disappointment they had started to un-pitch 8 hours before the end of the show and as a result there was very little to see.  Not to waste the journey, we asked Mr. Tom-Tom if there were any places of interest near by and it listed Elvaston Castle as being only 5 miles away.  As it was a beautiful day, we got back in the car and went to have a look.  Elvaston Castle is a country park with a stately home located between Derby and Nottingham.  The house is not longer in use, but the grounds are immaculate and there are several paths for walking.



This is the view looking down from the steps..I can just imagine a grand carriage carrying someone important towards the house!



Along the way we found this little building which is know as Springthorpe's Cottage





Also on the grounds is a stable and we found a field full of friendly horses.  This one was very keen to meet and greet us, but was quite disappointed when we didn't have any food!



If you are in the area it is well worth a visit!

Until next time...

10 comments:

YankeeQuilter said...

What great photos! I miss all the National Trust properties, open garden tours, and such over there. (Or maybe I was just better about hunting them out than I am here at home?!)

Needled Mom said...

You photos are absolutely stunning. What type of camera do you use?

I love that little house. I wonder what it was used for at one time.

Quilter Kathy said...

That castle and the cottage are amazing...I have never seen anything like them!

Terry said...

Looks like a lovely place to visit! We don't have any castles over here that I know of unfortunately though.

Janet said...

It's hard to imagine an impressive place like that with no one living in it. The cottage looks tiny but so interesting. The whole works looks like the set of a Jane Austin movie. What a lovely outing!

Christy said...

Looks like the setting for a fairytale! I'd lvoe to see inside that darling little cottage. What an interesting place.

Cathi said...

What stunning photos! The castle is an impressive building. And the grounds look beautiful!

Sue-Anne said...

What a magnificent home. It is huge. I love that little cottage too, quite unusual in its design. Thanks for the photos.

Lizzie said...

Thanks for the tour Jane, who needs 27hrs of air travel! What a pity no one calls that grand house home any more, hhmmm, wonder if they want me to come occupy and love it for them..?? LOL!
Lizzie
xxx

Leanne said...

Great snaps as always Jane, thanks for taking us on your walk.