It was beautiful, The grounds are all very well tended and the castle itself? Stunning. I love the detail the architect and builders put into every bit of the project. The stone pathway winds through the estate with solidly build walls and jagged decorative bits on top. The castle itself was overwhelming. Every window grinned with stone overhangs, the porch lights were a mosaic of broken glass, and ivy delicately crawled up parts of the building. The castle was so fantastic (in the traditional sense of the word) and yet felt so connected to the surrounding Forrest.
So, feeling daunted by the majesty of the actual castle I decided to sketch the pavilion that was a short way down the hill from it. I set up shop on the grass and started sketching away. For a good two hours or so I enjoyed in the warmth of the sun and and the chatter of the tourists and sketched away. It was totally the best afternoon I had for myself in quite a while.
I can't wait to return and take on that beast of a castle.