26 Jun 2014

Historic house



 From my post 24th June

this is the historic house we visited....
Dinefwr - the National Trust property in Carmarthenshire.



Surrounded with beautiful parkland designed by Capability Brown







and where the sheep sleep in the shade of a large tree





So pleased we visited.





 

18 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place, very serene.
    Thanks so much for sharing it.

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    1. It was lovely there. We hope to go back again some time.

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  2. Love this post. Love the sheep in the shade. It's really pretty there. Did they say how long it took to build that building and wall around it? Boggles the mind the work they used to do. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I don't think they did say how long it took to build, must have taken ages though. It is amazing what they achieved years ago and without all the equipment they have available these days.

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  3. Lovely setting and it was designed by a fellow named ‘Capability’! What could be better? Oh I know, his real name was Lancelot! !! Ann, you just made my day! :)

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    1. Thanks Robin, it was a great place :-)

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  4. Can you imagine living in a house like that? I hope you were able to see the interior. How the other half live, indeed! But possibly cold and draughty in the winter. It it still lived in?

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    1. Yes, I did get to see the interior. Really interesting. There was a very helpful member of staff who explained what the house had looked like years ago and there was a slideshow to assist that talk. Rarely, it is one of the NT properties where you can sit on chairs and touch the furniture, right down to a Steinway Grand Piano that people are invited to play!!....I was soooo tempted to have a go, but chickened out as there were a lot of people about at that time, lol. The house isn't lived in by a family (some NT properties are), but there are staff there in private accommodation, which helps secure this lovely house.

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  5. Very peaceful. Love the house, but I wouldn't want to clean all those rooms

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    1. Yikes...I wouldn't want to clean it either, lol :-)

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  6. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photo's, Ann! What a beautiful place, also your previous post!

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    1. Thanks Judy, I'm so pleased I took these photos :-)

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  7. We visited Dinefwr a few years ago. A lovely house in even older parkland. The beautiful White Park Cattle were outside grazing on the day we were there and a wedding had just taken place. The bride was having her photo taken on the old staircase.

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    1. You were lucky to have seen the cattle DW.

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  8. Hello. My friend directed me to your blog, knowing that I know this house well. We only live 10 miles down the road and I used to volunteer here, telling people about its history. It goes back SUCH a long way and of course, is connected with the castle which overlooks it. There used to be a medieval village around the castle, which had regular fairs. This was the more Welsh area. Then gradually the focus changed to the house (there was one there in early Tudor times, which was then added to and the house exterior greatly changed when they got a local chap to revamp the house almost in the style of a French chateau) and a more anglicized village was in the deer park at the back of the house. But even this is beneath the ground now. Just like the remains of two Roman forts in the grounds of the house. My daughter and I were involved in archaeological digs on those - fascinating.

    I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. The wildlife in the park is wonderful too.

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    1. Hi Bovey Belle....thanks so much for adding this about the house and castle. How lovely that you had worked there volunteering....I volunteer at Arlington Court North Devon. So interesting what you have to say about the history of the place and area :-)

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