England (4) – Kingston Lacy -> Durdle Door

The next morning, we headed down in direction to the coast again until we reached Kingston Lacy, the home of the Bankes family, before it was given to the National Trust.

I loved this house! The layout, the rooms, the surrounding gardens, I liked everything. All the rooms are lavishly decorated with a big Italian influence.

Crystal Chandelier
how to present grapes
fine silver, glass and china
Pieter Breughel the younger  “The 4 Elements” @ Kingston Lacy
finest Italian stone art

The room used by the last inhabitant of the family, even has an early portable television and a ham radio equipment!

first portable TV set
memories @ Kingston Lacy

There is even an Egyptian room with many artefacts collected by one member of the family, and the obelisk in the garden was found by him in Egypt and transported to England taking 8 years to arrive.

the Egyptian Obelisk in the background
Japanese garden @ Kingston Lacy

Not far from Kingston Lacy, we found a very different attraction in Bovington: the Tank Museum.
We were impressed by the large historic collection and presentation of tanks. Especially the story of the famous Tiger Tanks from the German army during WWII was a fascinating part of history.

famous German TIGER I no. 131 – a masterpiece of engineering
Tank from inside
very tight space and for sure very unpleasant conditions!

This evening we found a place at a forest, not far from a small village, so we could walk to the pub for dinner.

quiet car park
beer or cider?
nice, cosy Pub
the cheese board
we will be back …

The night was extremely quiet, only a few times we heard an owl.
In the morning it was foggy and we took a short walk through the woods.

Later we reached Corfe Castle where we walked around and up to the remains of this once strong castle. It was destroyed with loads of gunpowder in 1646 under order of Oliver Cromwell.

Corfe Castle, destroyed in the civil war ..
Corfe Castle
Castle destroyed by the Parliamentarians 1646
one of the earliest castles in England to be built using stones (11th century)

We continued to Lulworth, where we visited another but very different castle. This one was destroyed in 1929 by a fire. Today the interior is stripped of everything, only from the outside it still looks very beautiful.

Lulworth Castle
Lulworth Castle inside, after the fire …
Lulworth Castle burning, Daily Mirror 1929
still impressive structure

Lulworth Castle is now used as a popular wedding venue.

Lulworth Cove

At Lulworth Cove, a beautiful natural harbour we had lunch to gather strength for a walk along the coast until we reached Durdle Door.

Durdle Door

We felt quite fortunate as the sun came out in the moment we reached this bay.

For the night we stayed at the touring park of Bagwell Farm.

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