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  • in & around Oakham

    in & around Oakham

    OAKHAM CASTLE (Rutland County Council) NOTE: Currently not accessible while conservation and archaeological work is carried out to the building and grounds. Should re-open in March 2016. Oakham Castle disappoints many people looking for castellated towers, ramparts and a moat. It is not that sort of castle. It is instead the 12th century Great Hall which is all that remains of Oakham’s original manor. Apart from its age (c1180) and design (a wonderfully complete Norman... Continue reading

  • Barnsdale Gardens Rutland: Spring

    Barnsdale Gardens Rutland: Spring

    I visited Barnsdale Gardens in Rutland today, for the first time (I’m ashamed to admit) and had a marvellous three hours.  It has been a glorious day for exploring Rutland and I went in search of inspiration for my about-to-be-built-blank-canvas of a garden.  And I found it, in the 39 individual gardens, each a self-contained ‘room’ with a different gardening and planting style, all joined together by a network of pathways and naturalised plantings.  The... Continue reading