Did quite a bit of driving today compared to the other days as I had to get closer towards London so was only able to see 2 castles today, I did spend most of the time in Taunton Castle as I had a late checkout and was enjoying staying in the Castle itself, also the breakfast was awesome so enjoyed that
DAY 15 ITINERARY
A – TAUNTON & TAUNTON CASTLE – Somerset
B – TORRINGTON – Devon
C – SHERBOURNE CASTLE & GARDENS
D – ELCOT PARK – The Retreat – Berkshire
Taunton castle has its origins in the Anglo Saxon times then the Normans built a stone structure in its place in 12th c, the castle was built to defend Taunton – This whole area is now a castle museum and a military museum beautifully set up to recreate the old school feel
SHERBOURNE CASTLES & GARDEN
Sherborne has had a castle since the 12th c.. Roger Bishop of Salisbury built a castle to the east of the Town to administer the western part of his large diocese.
in 1969 this castle opened its doors to the public, but there is a lot of history to it…
In early Tudor times the Bishops built a small Hunting Lodge in the deer park attached to the Old Castle
1753 Capability Brown commissioned to install a lake.
In the Civil War the Digbys fought for the Royalist cause and the Old Castle was garrisoned and suffered two sieges.
William of Orange visits the Castle during the Revolution and issues a proclamation here declaring himself King of England.
in 1914 The castle was used as a Red Cross VAD Hospital for wounded soldiers. There were 27 beds, and 192 patients were treated.
THE RETREAT AT ELCOT PARK
The Retreat is a newly re-imagined 18th-century country house hotel & spa set in magnificent grounds
They have recently opened in June and already won an award for the best interior design for a hotel!
The staff are absolutely lovely and they all seem really happy to be working there, the few I spoke to say they love working there and they are well looked after, the general manager had a bit of a chat to a couple of us explaining a bit about the hotel and the design inspiration etc, everyone is just really friendly and the place is really welcoming!
I definitely recommend this retreat for a relaxing spoilt getaway if you are lucky enough to be in the uk!