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UK Trip Part 2: Abbotsbury and Athelhampton House

Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset is unique, this Swannery is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. This colony was established there almost 1000 years ago. My son and I were very excited to learn that a scene from Harry Potter was filmed in the marshy reeds surrounding the swannery. The day we went the weather turned sour and we got a little moist and a moody fog descended upon the town. We headed over to the Tithe Barn, a big old stone barn which is over 600 years old, which was full of all sorts of animals that the kids loved (oh who am I kidding – I was in heaven!) I was over the moon to being able to feed two baby goats!
Not a photo of much creative merit, but how often does my husband walk a goat?!?!?
A wonderfully British scene: Palm trees, sheep on a down and a thick fog!
When we visit England we are always sure to visit our favourite manor house, Athelhampton House. The thing I love about this manor house is that it is five hundred years old and wasn’t updated during the fussy Victorian period, like many other British manor houses seem to have been. The architecture is marvellously chunky yet detailed in beautiful dark rich wood. We were treated to all sorts of ghost stories by the guide in the house included a monkey ghost that is always trying to escape from the secret staircase. My son was also so thrilled to be able to hold a 300 year old sword, which was way longer than him!  The architectural gardens are just stunning with endless garden rooms each with their own theme and uniqueness. Finished with a cream tea in the tea room. Love this place!
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