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The House In The Park by ivorberry

This is the Choristers House. Standing proud within an ancient 400 acre deer park, this magnificent Burges-designed property promises panoramic views across the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Built in 1873, its name stems from the fact that it was originally a music school. Today it offers a spacious and unspoiled setting for up to 10 people to stay. The interior captures the Burges style, whilst also reflecting the historic setting of Studley Royal park: a continual home to herds of deer for the past 500 years.

It is the perfect base for anyone looking to explore the spectacular surroundings of Fountains Abbey or slightly further-a-field destinations like York, The Dales and North Yorkshire Moors. There is a small enclosed lawn area to the front of the house, beyond that is the deer park, home to over 400 red, fallow and sika deer.

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Bodiam Castle through the trees by annie7

Another castle that is very close to where I live.

Set in the heart of an historic landscape, with spiral staircases, battlements and a portcullis, 14th century Bodiam Castle is one of Britain’s most picturesque and romantic ancient monuments. Windows where arrows were once fired, a tower that was once a look-out and ruins that were once walked upon by knights; this is a place where you can relive your childhood memories and let your imagination run riot.

In the impressive gatehouse is the castle’s original wooden portcullis, an extremely rare example of its kind. Enough of the interior ruins survive to give an impression of castle life and gruesome and surprising tales can often be heard from our miller’s wife, forester and other colourful characters from the past.

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