Tuesday, 2 July 2013

In Bloom

Some of you may recall my Newstead Abbey post from last April, where I mentioned that I was planning to head back during the summer. Last Sunday I did exactly that, we had surprisingly hot weather and I was really looking forward to finally being able to go around the house (it is only open on weekends). So we packed up a picnic and headed out. I am going to have to apologise for the amount of photos, there was a lot to see!



We arrived a little later than we would have liked, and so we decided to go around the house first because we weren't sure how long it would take. It costs £5 per adult. I was expecting only a handful of rooms to be open, perhaps just the bedroom, library and dining room, but a surprisingly large amount of rooms were available for viewing. The most impressive for me were most certainly Byron's bedroom and the library. The derelict room shown a few pictures down is the room that is supposedly haunted by a monk if you are interested in that sort of thing!



We didn't walk around the gardens extensively, we just headed to the parts that I'd really wanted to see in bloom the last time we went, and although I was expecting them to be beautiful I was astounded by the change! I could scarcely believe that it was the same place, the garden shown is the same one in my last post with the stepping stones if you want a comparison!


The gardens were peaceful in winter, and I was expecting them to be busy because of the nice weather, but they were not. There was a few people walking around but it was still very serene and lovely.

When we were wandering around the house I glanced out of the window and noticed that they were setting up for an outdoor theatre production of As You Like It and I was very sad that I hadn't booked! I think I'll definitely be going to see some of the outdoor theatre productions here next year. It is a wonderful setting.

If you are planning to visit Newstead Abbey I'd definitely recommend that you go in summer. It is worth a visit and the gardens are beautiful.

Have you been anywhere interesting recently?

12 comments:

  1. England is just so beautiful! I was there once to visit my father's family (they're in Oxford and Richmond) and the bluebells and whitebells were all in bloom! Those stained glass windows in your picture looks absolutely marvelous and the gardens are indeed a sight to behold. I think I'll have to come to the UK again, just to see all these lovely sights :) Thanks for the photos! xx

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    1. Sometimes I forget how beautiful parts of England are! I would still love to travel and see more of the world but it's always nice to explore what you have on your doorstep. I've never been to Oxford but it is on my list of places I'd like to visit! The stained glass windows were beautiful, some of them were too high up to capture which was such a shame! The detail was extraordinary! I'm glad you liked them!

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  2. The gardens look lovely! Glad you had a good time :) xoxo

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    1. Thank you! They were beautiful!

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  3. This place is breath taking, and although I prefer winter photos because of the light, the ones in the garden are stunning, the greens are quite vivid and the all place seems just alive.
    I do hope you had a great day, because this just sounded heavenly, I wish I have the luck of visiting it sometime soon, on the years to come.

    Unfortunately because of this hot weather(+35 degrees every single day) I cant manage to go anywhere, even going to work its painful, specially cause, the weather its very dry here and it makes it hard to breathe.
    Regards*

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    1. I much prefer winter too, it has a nicer atmosphere in my opinion, although I do enjoy seeing all the colours and varieties of flowers that summer brings! I hope you do manage to visit at some point!

      I definitely don't envy you that heat! Here it reaches high twenties at best and even then we are complaining that it is too hot! I do not deal with heat very well at all. I'm going to Spain in a few weeks time and I am not looking forward to having to cope with the heat, I don't how you manage to deal with every day!

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  4. Love the photos, what a beautiful place to visit. I especially like Mr. Peacock resting under the tree. :-)

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    1. Mr. Peacock is one of the main Newstead Abbey sights! He looked very happy relaxing under that tree, you could hear him from inside the house though! I wanted to get closer but I didn't want to disturb him!

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  5. No, no, not envy at all!!! :P So many beautiful pictures!! - And never apologize for pictures , especially when people cannot enjoy going into places like this, its like you give as a private tour around. Thank you <3 - No need to say how much i enjoyed them, awwwww and a peacock i do admire this gorgeous creature!!! Beautiful nature pictures!!! Perfect post :D<3

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