Sunday, October 12, 2014

IN THE NEWS: A Nearly Ruined UK Castle Transformed

Since we loved our vacations in England, and we really enjoyed staying in a castle one night, we found this particularly interesting! - Rob and Tom

A Nearly Ruined Landmark Is Transformed into a Modern House

You can even spend the night in the beautifully restored castle.   By Lauren Piro, Good Housekeeping magazine

There's nothing that makes us swoon quite like a piece of history gaining a new, interesting life. The Astley Castle in Warwickshire, England has been around for nearly a thousand years, and served as the fortified manor for three generations of the royal family. Through the centuries, it changed hands many times, and was last used as a hotel during World War II before it was sadly abandoned and vandalized.
In 2007, it was listed as one of the sixteen most endangered sites in Britain, and The Landmark Trust (a preservation charity) decided to search for an architect to restore and repurpose the structure. Witherford Watson Mann Architects won the competition, Designboom reports, and their vision and final result is simply a breathtaking display of the new marrying the old.
The new design honors the castle's history, relying on the natural look of brick and wood blended with the structure's original materials, and huge glass windows to showcase the estate's countryside view. The rooms are now outfitted with modern appointments and conveniences, but are meant to mirror how each space was originally used.
Today, history buffs (or just lovers of beautiful homes, like us) can rent the house for vacation. The castle sleeps eight and rates start around $1400 for four nights — not too shabby for a manor that queens used to call their own.
Take a tour:

TELL US: Would you spend the night here?
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Photos: Courtesy of the Landmark Trust

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next