19 July 2012
A "Catch-up" Day
Wednesday was a "catch-up" day for me. The day dawned with pouring rain and it didn't let up for most of the day. Being in a great location with comfortable rooms made it an easy choice to spend the day at the Bed and Breakfast. And breakfast was superb! Scrambled Eggs (the best I've ever had!) on local oak smoked salmon on toasted bread rounds was a great start to the day! It was yummy and the smoked salmon so very tasty!
Beryl is located in Wells, UK. I wasn't expecting such a grand country house! It is magnificent!
The approach to Beryl give few clues about what is to come. A dirt road and little sign on a stone wall points to a green tunnel under the trees.
And then you see the house and grounds! After a brief tour of the house and my room, I explored the gardens. My favorite was the walled garden
An iron gate between two stone pillars topped by peacock statues leads to the walled garden. I had a companion, the kitty Willow, who accompanied all through the gardens!
It was simply lovely!
There were door to other gardens...
Benches to sit and enjoy the garden from...
Delights everywhere you looked!
It was delightful to wander the garden, stopping to smell the flowers, or to give Willow a chin scratch or simply stand and look and enjoy!
No matter which direction I looked, the view was fabulous, even the "kitchen" end of Beryl!
Inside, the house was just as lovely, from the Drawing Room decorated in yellow and blue,
to the "Bar Room" decorated in cozy green and red.
My bedroom was fit for a princess despite being tucked up under the eaves on the 2nd (it would be called the 3rd floor in the US) floor.
The view from my skylight window was lovely. You can just make out Wells Cathedral over the trees.
So, to take a day to stay in and do my laundry and repack my suitcase, was really quite pleasant! It felt good to be domestic for a bit. I found I really needed a quiet day to myself.
Two nights wasn't very long to stay at such a lovely place. I was sad to leave it this morning, but you can be certain that if I ever come this way again, I'll be sure to stay here, and will make it a bit longer next time!
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