I have just been to Dorset for a two day break. I stayed at the Acorn Inn which is a charming 16th Century coaching inn.   This is “Thomas Hardy” country and the Acorn Inn transports you to the pages of Thomas Hardy novels where it was featured as the Sow and Acorn in Tess of the D’Urbervilles and others. It is very atmospheric with old beams and fine local cuisine.

On travelling down I visited Sherborne. It is a market town situated on the River Yeo on the edge of Blackmore Vale. I then went to Sherborne Abbey to see its famous vaulted ceiling which is spectacular. The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin is usually called Sherborne Abbey. It has been a Saxon cathedral (705–1075), a Benedictine abbey (998–1539), and is now a parish church. Saxon kings have been buried there for over 800 years. Sir Walter Raleigh worshipped there. 

I then went on to the house Sir Walter Raleigh built in 1594, Sherborne Castle. The Castle’s state rooms reflect a variety of styles from great periods of English history.

If you have a passion for unique English houses a visit to Stourhead is a must. The estate is 2,650 acres in Wiltshire featuring a Palladian mansion, gardens and lake owned by the National Trust since 1946. The gardens are lovely and well worth a visit.


Please take note of the dates of my holidays:

SICILY 19 to 24 July 2018

Working Tuesday and Wednesday 17 and 18 July then away until back at work on Thursday 26 July.

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