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National Trust – Its not all cream teas !

Tea and Scones

Last year before starting on my Photography business I wanted to ensure I had something to do in my ‘down time’ that was relatively inexpensive, you always get told that the first year of your own business can be ‘interesting’ financially, so I wanted to make sure I could get out and do something. I was always interested in my partners stories of going to various castles with his parents when he was little, and our trip to Castle Drogo in March 2012 re-ignited a passion for old buildings, so thought having a years membership to the National Trust would be just the ticket.

Drogo

Castle Drogo:
This ‘last castle in England’ is nestled in the hills in north Dartmoor National Park, a fabulous story surrounds this family home, with an eccentric millionaire wanting his own Norman castle built using traditional methods. His architect kept insisting that he could make the castle ‘look’ like a traditional castle but with having modern materials and a peaked roof. Sadly the millionaire was insistent that he wanted a Norman Castle with a flat roof, and the National Trust have been trying to raise funds ever since to repair the roof, which has constantly leaked ever since it was built!

I fell in love with the place nestled in Dartmoor National Park, such lush trees, and amazing views (even in the pouring rain). I loved the guides in each room, although I do like to have a read of material before I visit a place, having an actual person to tell you these stories and to ask them questions about the place is wonderful. I went into the dining room, where an older chap was waiting with a smile on his face, he was welcoming and began to tell us about the room (he was an amazing storyteller). Apparently, the owner insisted that the dining table had electric table lights on it, this could be a bit of a problem when someone spilled a drink as the tablecloth would sometimes lightly shock the diners!!!!

Dining Table
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-drogo/