A lot of people may be put off by the thought of living in a graveyard for a week, automatically seeing images of ghosts and strange goings on in their heads, which would have been exciting to say the least, but in reality I didn't get any weird vibes from the house or feel scared in the slightest, in fact it was the most peaceful and welcoming place I have ever stayed in.
♥ After a rather wet and soggy walk down a driveway lined with gravestones and littered with dead leaves, we came upon this charming little house with gargoyles outside the front door and a small wild garden.
♥ The front door leads straight into the bedroom which holds this rather magnificent bed, some gorgeous large ornate mirrors and a beautiful tapestry.
♥ The view from the shuttered bedroom window (which I named 'the secret window') looking out onto the little wild garden which was teeming with wildlife! There were plenty of birds including blue tits and robins, and even some squirrels!
♥ I particularly loved the fluffy little squirrels! I became quite familiar with one of them by a mark on his belly, he came back day after day for some nuts (we must have spent about £10 on nuts that week!) It was so funny watching him do his trapeze act! They weren't afraid of us one single bit, even to the point of very nearly taking hazelnuts from Pyf's hand! I miss my furry little friends dearly!
♥ There was even some wildlife inside the house, although quite motionless, but still just as beautiful! I wanted to take this frame of butterflies home with me!
♥ Off the bedroom was the hallway and bathroom where I enjoyed the greatest shower ever and underfloor heating which felt like heaven after a long day on my feet! At the end of the hallway was this rather spooky stairway leading up to the living area of the house.
♥ The living room was quite literally the pièce de résistance! It was lavishly decorated in tones of red and gold with plenty of rococo style mirrors, paintings, gorgeous furniture and a wonderful case of birds. It looked quite spectacular in the evenings by the light of a few lamps and made our movie time feel oh so cosy and relaxing! We managed to watch Paranormal Activity 3, Poltergeist 1&2, The Woman in Black, Zombieland, Dracula (1931), Burke & Hare and Stardust!
♥ The view from the upstairs windows overlooking our very quiet neighbours!
♥ The view from the back door! The castle looked somewhat ghostly at night, especially since there was a full moon! It seemed to cast an eerie glow over the graveyard which made for some really excellent pictures on our stroll around on Hallowe'en night!
I truly believe that this charming little hidden cottage had a soul of its own! It was such a pleasure having it all to ourselves and I can't believe that it has already been a week since we left, I wish we could have stayed forever! I was going to show the treats I found on our travels but I think I'll save that for another post as this one is quite long enough!