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  1. Jenny Hamilton Cody
    5th September 2022 @ 7:04 am

    What a wonderful place, a surprise around each corner. The history, the stories it could tell. It is amazing how these buildings were built and are still standing. Loved the YouTube video, what a delightful sound and so peaceful

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    • Beth Haslam
      5th September 2022 @ 10:06 am

      Thank you, Jenny. This really was a home filled with surprises. We loved the cabinet too and had no idea the exhibition was in place. It added such colour and learning to our experience.

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  2. Jackie Cooper
    5th September 2022 @ 2:25 pm

    Wonderful read Beth… such an amazing place! Thank you for sharing 🤗🤗

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    • Beth Haslam
      6th September 2022 @ 9:18 am

      You’re very welcome, Jackie, I’m so glad you enjoyed the read. It truly was an extraordinary visit.

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  3. Faith
    5th September 2022 @ 5:57 pm

    Beth, thank you for such a lovely tour of this castle. As usual, your thorough descriptions and corresponding pictures made me feel as though I was right there walking along beside you. The little YouTube video was enchanting. Oh, and that handsome “tour guide” who showed up at the beginning of your visit was an added bonus! ❤️

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    • Beth Haslam
      6th September 2022 @ 9:21 am

      You would have loved our canine tour guide, Faith. It was such a shame he couldn’t join us! The chateau certainly far exceeded our expectations. As you read, each room was filled with grace and wonders, and it had been beautifully restored. And yes, that musical cabinet was charming. I’m so glad you enjoyed the trip too. 🙂

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  4. Paula Slade
    5th September 2022 @ 10:35 pm

    Lovely tour of a fascinating architectural gem! From your writing and photos I felt like I was standing next to you as you explored each room as well as the surprise church at the end. I never knew about those “murder holes,” and was creeped out by that skeleton – it looked almost mummy-like. The diorama was an incredible masterpiece and I was curious as to how they produced the birdsong. Thank you so much for sharing, Beth. This was a wonderful vacation break.

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    • Beth Haslam
      6th September 2022 @ 9:25 am

      Bless you, Paula, I’m delighted that you enjoyed my account. There were so many creepy/enchanting/beautiful pieces that it was hard to know where to start. You’re right about the skeleton, we’re sure it had been mummified but remain mystified by the broches on its skull. All very strange. The church was glorious in its simplicity, and a fitting end to our visit. 🙂

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  5. Jean Henrickson
    6th September 2022 @ 11:04 am

    Land of the Faraway stole my heart, Beth. Particularly Egyptian scene and the galleon. Truly amazing. What a super castle to explore! Much love Jean
    Xxxx

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    • Beth Haslam
      6th September 2022 @ 11:26 am

      Mine too, Jean. The Land of the Faraway was enchanting. Thank you, I think you would have loved exploring this extraordinary place! Much love to you too, xxxx

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  6. Carolyn
    10th September 2022 @ 5:19 pm

    Without doubt a place of beauty and wonder. I am so envious of your exploration without hordes around you. (p.s. a silly story about Simon de Montfort. you know there is an English university named after him – well, a group of my colleagues were in Malaysia drumming up business for students to choose our university. A hopeful young man rushed over and asked for directions to the stall for Demonfart University. We have never been able to think of poor Simon as anything else ever since)

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    • Beth Haslam
      11th September 2022 @ 10:36 am

      Teehee. Now you’ve done it, Carolyn – ruined my image of the great man! You’re right about the chateau. It wasn’t enormous, but it was filled with fascinating facts and amazing exhibits. I think it pays to visit these places as early as possible. It enables better browsing and allows an imagined immersion into the environment as it would have been in its heyday.

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  7. Valerie Poore
    1st October 2022 @ 6:35 pm

    What an absolutely wonderful place, Beth. So much history and so many beautiful rooms and furnishings. It has its share of quirks and creepy stuff too, I see. I also never knew the medieval folk were interested in that sort of thing.

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    • Beth Haslam
      2nd October 2022 @ 9:51 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the tour, Val. It was teeming with interesting, unusual displays. We learned so much that day and could have stayed much longer, though perhaps not among the creepier exhibits!

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