Inspiring Visits & Vanishing Hours
I can’t watch or read any news right now for I get instantly depressed.
Moreover, with being knocked out by a flu, I am also finding it hard to concentrate.
A double whammy.
So, it was with immense pleasure that I happened upon the website to The Landmarks Trust, a UK-based organization which does something very very very dear to my heart: they save old buildings.
But, oh, they do so much more. For, you can stay in every old building they have rescued!
On their website they have an A to Z list of all their many properties, and I have spent hours and hours looking, with a silly grin plastered on my face, at lighthouses I could stay in or follies or mansions or fisherman shacks, well, the variety is endless.
There are 196 properties to choose from. The prices seem very reasonable.
In their own words:
We take on historic places in danger and carefully and sensitively restore them. By making them available for holidays, we make sure they can be enjoyed by all, both today and for future generations. We have in our care nearly 200 buildings in Britain, several in Italy and France and one in Belgium.
Though they range from the sober to the spectacular, all our buildings are rich in history and atmosphere. They include picturesque pavilions and medieval long-houses, artillery forts and Gothick follies, clan chiefs’ castles and cotton weavers’ cottages, the homes of great writers and the creations of great architects, from Browning to Boswell, from Pugin to Palladio.
When you look through the A to Z list, you can click on any property. Then, there are tabs across the top. The page will default to OVERVIEW. Other tabs include MAPS and my favorites: HISTORY and RESTORATION.
WARNING: This is all intoxicating and many many many hours will simply vanish.
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