A view of Powderham Castle in Devon….

Fifteen miles downstream of Exeter, Powderham Castle faces over the estuary of the River Exe, having originally risen “from the ashes of the Great Plague, but that wouldn’t be its last brush with adversity”. At the beginning it was a true castle, set in 50,000 acres. Alas, after weathering wars, sieges and other troubles, it has lost much of its land, and is less medieval and much more 18th century, but it’s still splendid, and its rooms are breathtaking.

To read more, go to this article from which the above illustration has been taken.

I fear that the “housewife” in me took one look at all that fancy plasterwork on the walls and ceilings and thought “Cobwebs!” Clearly I’m too lowly to be accustomed to the luxury of servants!

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