I decided to bring a little faery creature with me, reasoning that there is a real connection to Faery at Lewtrenchard because not only did Baring Gould write many books about the myths and legends of Dartmoor but Conan Doyle was also a believer in faeries. So - Brian dropped me off and I spent the next two days and nights soaking up the atmosphere and eating fabulous food! Mid week, the house was practically empty so I had it mostly to myself, which was great fun. Very easy to pretend that one is Lady of The Manor when you’re the only one sitting for dinner! I looked out for the ghosts that are supposed to haunt (benignly) the house and grounds but failed to see any. When I downloaded the photos I had taken, I did however see one that looks suspiciously like the ghost of “Old Madame” beginning to materialize by the piano just across the hall from my room!
Anyway - I came back refreshed and ready to ignore Brian’s little, black cloud (which had also benefitted from my absence and gotten much smaller!).
I recommend an overnight stay here to anyone who wants wonderful atmosphere, fantastic food and beautiful surroundings and perhaps a touch of magic. Check their website - they have great deals on this winter!
Here are a few photos of the little faery’s adventure as I followed it (I’m not sure if it is a “her’ or a “him”) around the house and grounds.
1. Lewtrenchard Manor.
2. at the window
3. Old Madame materializing?
4. the curio cabinet - full of butterflies. The little faery wouldn’t go near it!
5. in the moss
6. under the goddess
7. the source of the spring.