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.



Something elegant but petite?



Or very grand?



Out of a fairly tale?



Or just magical?









Impossibly dramatic?



Or just charming beyond belief?



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.




  1. Carole Sukosd on December 23, 2016 at 5:43 am

    I am so very saddened to hear of your illness. A very wise Doctor advised me years ago to take Thera Flu. It helps manage the symptoms only. I have heeded her advise since. With a bit of sweetener you can escape some of the worst of symptons, and. Enjoy a cuppa tea. You’ll feel like you want live, to restore yet another day. Yes, you have to bear the beast and wait it out but you can knock out the worst of the buggers. Within 36 hrs of one set Tami flu ,given by prescription only, should be your go to the instant you think you’ve been bitten by the bug. Costly yes . . . Worth every half-price ! ! I am NOT licensed to practice medicine anywhere on this continent, the exception being my back yard. But as a professional patient, self taught handy man . ..Who is no longer handy I feel I must advise ! !

    Be well, my friend ! Be well ! ! And you are not alone in the WTF happened last month category. I can no longer protest, organize, or get out the vote! I worry for us all now on this planet. It is not just my city, state or country anymore. My worry list starts out with #1. The world.

    Rest my friend, feel better soon. And to all a good night ! !

    • Ross on December 23, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you. I am MUCH better than I was last week. But am sill reeling from WTF.

  2. [email protected] Ridge on December 23, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Wow, Ross, this link is another grand present you’ve placed under the cyber Christmas tree! Your stories shared about the Cross House have been one of the true gifts of 2016 for me and so I would like to say thank you. Blessings to you and the Cross House!

    • Ross on December 23, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      What a lovely, kind note. Thank you!

  3. Sue C. on December 23, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Get well soon, Ross! And I feel the same depression as you regarding what happened in November (can’t even say it). I am terrified.

    • Ross on December 23, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      I, too, am terrified. And for the first time in my life I have lost all sense of hope. I cannot imagine life without hope.

  4. Brandy on December 23, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Hope you get to feeling better, snuggle with some kitties perhaps? Another good time waster is Restoration Home on YouTube.

    • Ross on December 23, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      Thank you! And I love Restoration Home!

  5. aBell on December 25, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    My prayers and positive energy are headed in your direction. I work in a high school and that terrible bug has taken hold of a couple of co-workers and it seems to hold on for a long time. Drink plenty of water, my panacea for all and try to get enough sleep.
    I await the morning I will not wake with the thought, “oh no, it can’t be true they elected him?” I too fear for our world. It is bad enough that the highest office in our land will be occupied by a bafoon, but that he tweets out so lightly about subjects on which he has no apparent depth of understanding baffles me. He demeans the office, and has put us all at risk, and all this before he has even taken the oath. Freightening, simply frightening!

    • Ross on December 26, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      I sympathize with your concerns. And 80% of America did not vote for him.

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