Holiday to Rutland

We have just had a lovely, relaxing holiday to Rutland. As usual, I took my camera almost everywhere we went (and my sketch pad this holiday!). I always love taking landscape photos but on this holiday I was primarily looking for views to paint later. Here are a few of my favourite views.

Nostell Priory 

On the way down to Rutland, we stopped at the National Trust's Nostell Priory near Wakefield. I spent a lovely peaceful half hour sketching in the walled garden there.

Manton, Rutland

This was taken on an evening walk from the cottage where we were staying, along with the photo below. I love the cloud formations!

Rutland Field

Another National Trust propety - Woolsthorpe Manor, is actually in Nottinghamshire. It was the birthplace of Isaac Newton and is where he saw the apple fall from the tree.

Woolsthorpe Manor

We hired some bikes and cycled the 17 miles around Rutland Water. It's the largest man made lake in Europe - going by surface area.

Rutland Water

Whilst on holiday, we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary! We visited Burghley House in Lincolnshire and had a lovely meal in the Orangery Restaurant.

Burghley House

There were plenty of surprises in the Garden of Surprises, not least that we got caught in a rain shower!

Garden of Surprises

But the weather cleared up so we could enjoy the Sculpture Garden.

Sculpture Garden

Another National Trust property on the way down to visit family in Maidenhead. This time we took a stroll around the beautiful landscape gardens at Stowe in Buckinghamshire.

Stowe Gardens

Stowe Gardens

The last of my photos is yet another National Trust place - Hughenden, which was the home of Benjamin Disraeli for a time.

Hughenden Manor

Lots of lovely landscapes, generally good weather and time spent with family. For me, just what a holiday should be.

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