Sorry I haven't been able to blog last week. We are travelling and it is not always possible.
We have been travelling all over the UK and last week we were in Plymouth (Devon) where my hubby's sister lives. They took us over the border into Cornwall to visit a beautiful medieval/Tudor house called Cotehele. I have already shown some photos of the exterior and the gardens in last Friday's blog post.
The National Trust is a British charity that buys, restores and maintains these old properties and opens them to the public. This particular one has stayed the same for 500 years. (Often these stately homes get modernised through the eras, but this one hasn't).
We first went to have lunch in their lunch room before the kitchen closes. And because I will be joining Elizabeth and Bluebeard for the T-Party, where we all share a beverage....here is my drink:
Cornish cider! Lovely! The cafe had a beautiful ceiling:
Would you like a tour through the main house? I warn you, it is photo heavy!
The main house was beautiful.
This is part of the exterior.
I just loved all the furniture. This chair of turned wood is exquisite.
Fancy a dining room table like this? I do.
The walls of the rooms were all covered in tapestries. This was against the cold as much as for decorative reasons.
Behind one of the doors was a wine cupboard.
Here is a closer look.
There were many bedrooms. All beds with heavy curtains. Again probably for the cold but perhaps also for privacy as all the rooms are adjacent, so you have to go through other bedrooms to get to yours.
The bedspread is lovely:
Here is another beautiful chair:
I love doors, as most of you know. So here is one that I liked:Here is another bed:
It had rather fancy decorations. It was all made of ribbon:
It's not such a clear photo I'm afraid.
Then there was this impressive ebony cabinet:
Here is a detail:
Even in those days they had a children's high chair:
Finally we got to see the kitchen:
I love that high bench/pew probably protecting them from the draft.
What a fantastic fire place! I'm sure whole animals would have been roasted on that fire.
Well done if you are still with me! It was a wonderful trip into the past. On the way out we enjoyed the stunning view over the river Tamar.
That is all from me lovely peeps,
Have a great week,