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Our Anniversary Trip to Scotland: Part 1

Wow, it's been a long time since I posted. We went on an anniversary trip the end of April - last year was our 35th but it was all about our daughter's wedding last year. We opted to wait until this year to take a trip and decided on Scotland! Since I have a ton of pictures, I am going to break this down into 3 posts.

We began our trip in England so we could visit Bramhall and Bramall Hall and Beatrix Potter's farm so we flew into Manchester on a Monday. We rented a car and off we went! (Bruce did a good job driving on the "wrong" side of the road).

Remember: drive on the left!

We started off driving to Chester for our first night (Bramall Hall wasn't opened on Monday so we knew we needed something to do that day). We stayed at Chester House Guest House, a really nice B&B.  Loved our room and Ray was a super host!
The town has lots of Tudor style buildings. It was fun to walk around.

We saw this wonderful old cathedral. 

Check out this door - very Lord of the Rings looking, don't you think?

Oh my the ceiling! Stunning! (oops, not supposed to take pictures inside) 😳

We spied some gargoyles too - this one looks like a dog.

There's an old Roman wall around the old part of town. We saw this bridge while walking on the wall. Isn't it just so cool?

The next morning, we headed back toward Manchester/Stockport and went to a really cool old mill that is being used as artists studios - Vernon Mill Art Studios.

We met up with a friend of our neighbor's at the farm, Lindi Kerwin, and she gave us a tour of the mill. We were a little silly. 

Lindi was super fun. I really enjoyed seeing her art and getting to know her.

From there, we headed to Bramhall and Bramall Hall. (They dropped the "h" from the Hall's name as it is closer to the original spelling of the family name). 
 Bruce asked if we got a discount on our tickets since our last name is Bramhall. "No", Mr. Ticket Man said without cracking a smile. LOL, we thought it was funny even if he did not. We posed in front.

Stained glass with family crest - the Bramall's are the lions and the Davenport's (family the Bramall's married into) are the chevrons.

 This room was awesome. It had painted tapestries on the walls and that ceiling, oh my! If I remember correctly, this room dates to the 1500's.

One of the bedrooms.

Another bedroom - this was the "Master" and more Victorian in style.

The housekeeper's room:

The kitchen:

The house was first mentioned in 1033. Wow. You could see different time periods from medieval to Victorian. Unfortunately, it was raining and we got there with only an hour before closing so we weren't able to wander outside. But the house was spectacular! And with that, I'll close for this post.

Hey! If you've stuck with me, congratulations. I will post the 2nd part next week - it will cover the Lake District/Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm and our first day in Scotland.


  1. How exciting Cecilia to have this trip to celebrate you and your hubby's anniversary. I loved seeing all the pictures. I bet you could just feel all the history in these places. I cannot wait to see the Beatrix Potter Hill Top Farm. Glad you had a fabulous time.

    1. Thank you, Kris! Yes, history just oozes from all those places. I love it. The trip was just amazing and I'm ready to go back!

  2. Your trip is amazing, Cecilia! What a great way to celebrate your anniversary! Can't wait to see the next installment! Just received my DNA results and half of my ancestors are from Scotland and Ireland!

    1. Thanks, Gail! I have Scottish and English ancestry as well. It was fascinating to walk around and see those old places. Loved it!

  3. Oh, my gosh, Cecilia! My dream trip! My maiden name is Chester, so I'd be taking pictures of everything with that name on it ! SO cool ! Love that your name originated there, too ! But Scotland is where I really want to be. SO jealous because I know I'll never be able to get on a plane to fly over the pond. :-)

    1. It was just gorgeous! We did a whirlwind tour of Scotland but we saw lots and lots. Can't wait to go back to spend more time in those places we really wanted to have more time!

  4. What a wonderful trip Cecelia!

    I personally think you should have gotten a discount lol. And what a grumpy puss he was for not even smiling🤨

    1. LOL, I know, right? I think he did feel a bit guilty as he would pop into a room we were in and show us some special features. Like hiding places behind the paneling and stuff. It really was awesome!

  5. Your pictures are fabulous and you look like you are having such a great time! I'm so glad the two of you got to go for yourselves, and happy belated anniversary lol We're only at 23! My dream trip is to France and we're saving for it, one day who knows? Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures! xo Kathleen

    1. Ahhh, France! That's another spot I'd love to go see. Maybe someday? There's still so much of England and now Scotland I want to see. It's so beautiful. And the history! Wow!

  6. Wow! I thoroughly enjoyed all the pictures. I was hoping you would write some posts about your trip. What an awesome anniversary trip! I can't wait to see the next post. Have a great week! Hugs, Vicky

    1. Oh Vicky! It was so wonderful. I am ready to go back, lol.
      Have a great week too!

  7. Oh my goodness, this looks like so much fun!!

    1. It was a blast. This hot weather has me wishing for that rain and 40 degree weather.

  8. Good Morning Cecilia!
    If I haven't mentioned this I must tell you that I just adore your new blog design and the efficiency of navigating it. Looks so good!
    What a fantastic trip and you are a smiling doll! The history, the climate must have felt so good!
    I enjoyed this journey with you!

    1. Oh thanks, Jemma! Blogger came out with the new designs and I really like this is nice and clean.
      The trip was a dream come true. I have to admit I'm ready to go back!

  9. Cecilia, I'm playing catch-up and I am swooning over all the gorgeous architecture--what great photos! I've also been following my daughter's honeymoon photos from England and now Scotland and I am captivated! Heading over to check out the rest of your adventure!

    1. Cecilia,
      Everything is so old. It totally fascinates me. I could go again and again. So much to see!

  10. What a lovely way to celebrate your anniversary! This must have been such a memorable trip! I love how you asked the ticket man if you could get a discount considering your surname is also funny!! Hugs to you!


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