We are passionate about exploring as many historical buildings and properties as possible. We are fortunate to have so many wonderful places to visit near us. We have recently purchased English Heritage annual passes. Our passes arrived last week and the first place we decided to visit couldn’t have been any closer to home, in fact Ashby de la Zouch Castle in located in the town where we live. Ashby…

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In May this year we had the pleasure of staying at the Swainswood Leisure Park and Spa. Located in the heart of the National Forest this country retreat is nestled in woodland just outside the market town of Ashby de la Zouch. Accommodation onsite is made up of two and three bedroom lodges. Most of the lodges have private hot tubs that are ready to use the minute you check…

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Staunton Harold Estate is nestled in the beautiful North West Leicestershire countryside just outside the market town of Ashby de la Zouch. A traditional country estate Staunton Harold is one of our favourite places to visit! At over 2000 acres this historic and vast estate is a thriving and working family business. Much of the land is let to local farmers however the very heart of the estate is open…

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This summer the gardens at Calke Abbey are alive with colour and activity! The Calke Abbey Estate is one of our favourite National Trust estates and we visit often, particularly in the summer! The gardens at Calke are testament to the hard work that has gone into restoring this once neglected estate. The original walled garden which is made up of 350,000 bricks is home to a grand orangery, exotic…

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We recently needed one nights accommodation as a stop gap before moving into our new house. We always tend to book hotels using comparison websites and on this occasion it just so happened that the Alton Towers Hotel was the cheapest on the day! This was because the park was closed the next day. Splash Landings, Alton Towers famous water park was open although this was not included in the…

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