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Last weekend, I went exploring in my new city and came across a beautiful mansion. I thought I would feature it on the blog, as it reminded me of the kind of place described in so many of the books I like to read. It was a little bit "Austen". A little bit... whimsical. We had stumbled across Ashton Court; a mansion house settled in a 850 acre estate of deer parks, woodland and gardens (including 2 pitch and putt golf courses!)

We had ventured out of the city centre into the country on a brilliant, very Autumnal day. The colours were gorgeously rich as we made our way through the trees - bright evergreen and oranges and reds that burnt brightly againt a crisp sapphire sky. We climbed a few hills, navigated a few fences and then suddenly we came across this view:


In an instant I knew exactly where I wanted to be - On the doorstep of that house, overlooking the whole of Bristol! The place reminded me of Downton Abbey - or how I had envisioned Pemberley the first time I read Pride and Prejudice before seeing the BBC adaptation.

It was a really lovely building, and I'll definitely be visiting again. There's a cute cafe inside, and a market held in the grounds at weekends. I know that I will see this house in my mind the next time a pick up a period novel. Perhaps if I make my way here on Halloween it can also become my go-to mental image for haunted houses too?!

Here's a picture of me getting a little bit silly in the gardens. *Queue hair "swish" moment!*



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