Darkest Muncaster!

 

Darkest Muncaster Christmas light show (iPod photo) 21st Nov. 2010

Darkest Muncaster Christmas light show (iPod photo) 21st Nov. 2010

Just spent a wonderful weekend

(12th-14th Nov. 2010) staying at Britain’s most haunted castle!

Mucaster Castle (Hipstermatic Camera-iPod!) 21st Nov. 2010

Mucaster Castle (Hipstermatic Camera-iPod!) 21st Nov. 2010

Muncaster Castle is situated in Ravenglass, West Cumbria; a magnificent stately home that has been continually lived in since 1208 and is the ancestral home of the Pennington family who still live there today.
The great thing about this is the fact that this is no Disneyfied National Trust property with bits of period fittings and furniture. This is a living, breathing home and ALL the contents are original…..including the current Lord Pennington who we met in the Dining Room. This place has real character.
We stayed in the Coachman’s Quarters opposite the World Owl Centre (Which is based in the grounds) the wonderful thing about that is the soft hooting of Owls throughout the night 🙂
Close encounter with Chocolate- The European Eagle Owl!

Close encounter with Chocolate- The European Eagle Owl!

The World Owl Centre is a great attraction at Muncaster, housing over 200 Owls and birds of prey from around the world…..you also get to meet the birds personally with walkabout bird handlers…..We met Chocolate the European Eagle Owl; 18 months old and totally magnificent. The centre also works for the conservation of Owls around the world and you can even ‘adopt an Owl’ to help with this worthy cause.
Me and Catherine getting a warm in the stable yard at Muncaster Castle. (Hipstamatic Camera)

Me and Catherine getting a warm in the stable yard at Muncaster Castle. (Hipstamatic Camera)

Muncaster is situated within 77 acres of Gardens in the beautiful Eskdale Valley with wonderful views of the Lakes and England’s highest mountain; Scafell Pike.
There is so much to say about Muncaster that I can’t possible do it all justice within the confines of this blog but I would recommend it to anybody looking for a secluded get away from it all….especially at this time of year when the visitors are few and far between.
Heron Happy Hour at Muncaster Castle (Sunday 21st Nov. 2010) photo: Philip Battle

Heron Happy Hour at Muncaster Castle (Sunday 21st Nov. 2010) photo: Philip Battle

We really enjoyed the ‘Heron Happy Hour’ attracting over 30 wild Herons feeding by Tom Fools tree and the wonderful Christmas light show ‘Darkest Muncaster’
All in all we had a great weekend and look forward to our return sometime in the future….Lord Pennington recommended April/May so we may go back next spring!
Off to Abu Dhabi tomorrow (Wed. 24th Nov.) for an International Street Art Event at Yas Island (the same place where they held the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix) so I’ll be blogging that on my return!
Be Seeing You!
😉
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