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Allan Bank ~ A National Trust Gem.

Allan Bank is one of those places you can visit and feel real joy that you have. A National Trust Property with a bit of a difference, Allan Bank is more like a ‘Home away from Home’ than your typical grand old English house. You can sit in the comfy armchairs and enjoy the tranquil lake views, tap a tune on the piano in the entrance hall,paint pictures in the art room, read a book or newspaper in the cosy library or even make yourself a cuppa and settle in whichever room you like, with a nice slab of homemade Victoria Sponge cake of course.;)

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Are you partial to knitting?

So why does this stately Georgian Villa have such a relaxed and laid back vibe? In the past it has been home to the famous Lakeland poet Wordsworth and later to Canon Rawnsley ,one of the founders of the National Trust. Fast forward to 2011 and a fire nearly destroyed Allan Bank. Happily the Trust decided to restore the house but unusually took the decision not to decorate most of the rooms. Instead the walls are bare ,the floors uncarpeted and the furniture donated. Visitors seem to like the fact that there are no heirs and graces. 🙂

This year the National Trust is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter , who was a good friend of Canon Rawnsley. The Canon actively encouraged her to publish the tale of Peter Rabbit, which started out as an illustrated letter to him like the one above. Visitors are also encouraged to indulge in some old fashioned letter writing if they like..

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The Entrance Hall with Piano.
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Cosy crochet.
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Gorgeous views from every window.
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Residents of Allan Bank. 🙂

Love the Blue Poppy in the garden. 🙂

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Mountaineering room.

Kids and adults alike, will love the Art room. 🙂

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And the National Trust gift shop.

There are lovely grounds to explore too including a woodland walk and gardens. We spent quite a bit of time wandering. If the sun is shining you can even take a deck chair and relax on the lawn. The day we visited was a bit overcast, though happily the rain stayed away.

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Herdwick Ewe and lamb.
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Wil and Hugo head into the Victorian viewing tunnel.
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Inside the garden bothy.
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Fairy door.
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Another Herdwick. 😉

There’s a tea room inside but it’s totally up to you where you enjoy a bite to eat, be it inside or out. As it was a little grey outside, we partook of coffee and cake in the Mountaineering room. 🙂

I actually wish I had taken more photographs as there is so much I have missed. But I hope I have given you at least a tiny  taster of how lovely Allan Bank is. I know we will be sure to return. 🙂

Visit the website  here.

Have you ever visited Allan Bank and Grasmere?


To The Small Celandine.

As you know my blog is named after a cheerful sunshiney flower that splashes its golden colour around woodlands,fields,hedgerows and gardens as soon as Spring arrives.In fact the pretty star-like celandine is one of the first signs of spring,usually appearing from as early as February.

The Humble Celandine.
The Humble Celandine.

This year Spring has been a little hesitant in arriving …..but now seems to be blossoming.Just like the comely carpet of celandines below.:)
Dancing Daffs on a carpet of celandines.
Dancing Daffs on a carpet of celandines.

Here is a poem I found by William Wordsworth.

To The Small Celandine.

Let them live upon their praises;
Long as there’s a sun that sets
Primroses will have their glory;
Long as there are Violets,
They will have a place in story:
There’s a flower that shall be mine,

Tis the little Celandine.

Wordsworth wrote two other poems featuring the sunny celandine.And the flower can also be spied in c s Lewis, The Lion,the Witch and the wardrobe.:)
What is your favourite Spring flower?

This post is part of The Blog Every Day in May challenge on Rosalilium.