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Well done, neighbour!

Our neighbours down the road have just been listed in a Top Ten of the "world's greatest mansions". I'm talking of Castle Howard, of course, who were named ahead of Chatsworth and the increasingly popular Downton Abbey - I mean, Highclere House. Castle Howard is a wonderful house, so, next time you're in Yorkshire, why not call in and see us after your tour there?

Other great houses on the list include Château Chambord, the largest château in the Loire Valley, which you can visit by cycling through Sologne, The Land of the Kings. On this leisurely cycle, you will also be able to visit the châteaux at Chaumont-sur-Loire, Cheverney and Blois, as well as the historic city of Orléans, forever associated with Jeanne d'Arc and her ill-fated battle with the English.

Also in the 'top ten' is Powerscourt, one of the most beautiful estates in Ireland, set amid the romantic scenery of the Wicklow mountains, and featuring in our walk that explores the Wicklow Way Highlights. Having discovered ancient Celtic monasteries and secluded lakes, you descend from the wild mountains into the more managed landscapes of the Luggala and Powerscourt country estates.

The 'Great Mansions' category is just one section in the Rough Guide's, "1,000 Ultimate Sights" which features many famous UK and Ireland entries and was published this week. The book contains 100 top ten lists of the world’s most impressive natural and man-made sights.

[I'm sure most of you will also have spotted that the image purporting to be 'Tintagel Castle' in the Daily Mail article, is, in fact, the Camelot Castle Hotel which overlooks the romantic ruins of Tintagel.]

Posted: 07/10/2011 08:22:35 by | with 0 comments
Filed under: cycling, France, heritage, Ireland, opinions, UK, walking


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