Knightshayes

I woke up yesterday to the sound of strong winds and torrential rain – quite normal for the day we set off on holiday. However, the further we headed South West, the better the weather became. We had decided to stop off en route at Knightshayes, National Trust house and gardens, and oh boy were we glad we did! Simply beautiful – huge grounds, kitchen garden, formal gardens, lots of topiary dogs, willow sculptures throughout the park and woodland, a beautiful house, two tea rooms! I tell you for me this was some sort of Paradise!

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Reminds me of Swedish castles – not bad for a restaurant and shop!

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I do love a walled garden, but suspect the neighbours would not be happy if we tried this at home!

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There was quite a plethora of scarecrows

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The vines were laden with grapes – I wonder if they make wine

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This convolvulus looked like it was glowing from the centre, like a string of fairy lights

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Love this colour mix – absolutely want sedum in our garden next year!

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Helenium is also on our shopping list…

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Amazing views from the gardens!

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The house looks like the setting for a gothic novel

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Love the stone work – particularly the dogs by the door

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See! The dogs are lovely!

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Well there has to be a bee shot!

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Did you spot the topiary dogs chasing each other along the top of the hedge?

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More topiary dogs

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I took this photo because I thought the colours looked lovely with the white bark against the green background and carpet of red leaves, and only then noticed the huge willow lizard!

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Lovely liazrd!

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Fell in love with this huge willow horse

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Almost missed this giant willow badger

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Mark and me

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Bocca della Verita?

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You can see the topiary dogs again here

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Now I want to grow cactus in teacups!

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