I fear I have been neglecting you of late. Life has been so busy but I thought it was about time to let you know that I am still here & what I have been up to!
Do many of you find that there is something rather lovely to see or visit on your doorstep but you never get around do doing it? Well, almost a stone's throw from my house is a Tudor treasure, Acton Court - I drive past it on a regular basis & if it wasn't for the trees I could see it from my bedroom window, yet I have never been before.
Last week the local WI organised a visit & guided tour so I went along & I was so glad I did!
It is a fascinating building that was built especially for a visit from Henry VIII & Anne Bolyn in 1535 - it was originally a wing of a much larger building but over the years the stone was used to build barns etc as it was eventually used as a farmhouse, so only this specially built wing is still standing (including Henry's personal indoor privy!). The farmers used Henry's dining hall to store cheese!
The gardens are no longer formal but are very prettily filled with wild flowers.
A nice seating area under the trees where you can have tea & cake.
Photography is not allowed inside the building so I can only show you the outside.
This window was recycled from an Abbey destroyed by Henry VIII.
There is also a lovely vegetable garden.
You can just see our very informative & enthusiastic guide who really brought the building's story to life.
Piggy sculptures in the garden.
There is even a resident friendly dog!
I would definitely recommend a visit if you are in the area but do check dates as they aren't open all year round. They do have a website here: www.actoncourt.com