On the way home from Eyam yesterday I stopped for a quick walk at Longshaw Estate. Longshaw Lodge was originally the hunting lodge for the Dukes of Rutland. I won’t give the game away, but it features in ‘The Secret Rooms’ by Catherine Bailey, which is a good read if you are interested in fancy houses and historical mysteries.
Brontë fans: if you fancy staying a few days at Longshaw you can rent the old gamekeepers cottage, White Edge Lodge which is a landmark in the area and was used in the 2011 (Fassbender) version of Jane Eyre.
Duke’s Seat is a lovely outcrop of rocks that is popular with swallows and sheep. It is also the perfect spot to sit and sketch the view :)
Stairway to Duke’s Seat
Sheep at Duke’s Seat
Sketch in progress
Next up: I don’t go to Cleethorpes
Monday: Day one of my holiday! Sketchbook in hand, I set out from Dennis Knoll, underneath Stanage Edge, on the short walk to North Lees Hall. I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to see anything, because it started off really misty, but it soon cleared as I descended into the valley.
Possibly a very important note
Woodland is regenerating
North Lees Hall <3
North Lees Hall was Charlotte Bronte’s inspiration for Thornfield Hall in Jane Eyre. Apparently it was used in one of the many film adaptations too, but I’m not sure which one. You’re welcome. Google it? Anyway, it’s on my shopping list for when we win the Euromillions.
I stopped to attempt to draw the sheep on the drive back home. I probably didn’t take enough caution of the lambs though, as three of them had set up camp underneath my car by the time I’d finished.
Next up: I try to draw some pugs.
Oh my goodness, look how pretty Haddon Hall is.
Look at it. Look at its pretty flowers. The inside of the house is absolutely beautiful as well, obviously, but all my photos were rubbish. You’ll just have to visit it yourself. Or Google it?
15th Century fresco seccoe in the Chapel. Thinking about doing something like this to one of the walls of our 1950s semi.
This house is just too pretty. Imagine living there though, with all those people outside taking photos and blogging about it. Annoying.
‘Do you come here often?’ Not often enough, my friends! (They didn’t have a ‘Vernon’ keyring in the gift shop, can you believe it?!). Good hommity pie in the restaurant though (also the best toilets. For reals… I was going to take a photo but I’m not quite that weird. You will have to visit to appreciate them. Go to Chatsworth, Hardwick etc., first though so you have a frame of reference).
I did a little sketch in the garden. It’s not as pretty as the real thing. How could it be?
More info on Haddon Hall here.
SHEEP! By the river at Grindleford on the way home. Always good to get a photo of the local sheeps. They’re quite chunky ones.
Edit for Brontë and film-fact fans: Haddon Hall was used as the location for Thornfield in the 2011 (Fassbender) adaptation of Jane Eyre. It was also used in Pride and Prejudice 2005 (Keira Knightley), The Other Boleyn Girl and, my favourite, the Princess Bride.