"A princess in a castle" was how Jiajia first described what she wanted her UK wedding to be like. This first manifested itself as a bouncy castle at our Winchester celebrations (which turned out to be a monkey, rather than a castle!), but then my brother Dave tracked down a fantastic rentable apartment in Walmer Castle [above the greenhouses in the photos above]. Not only is this in the grounds of a certified castle and just down the road from the holiday home where we were staying at the weekend, but it has 10 acres of beautiful flower and fruit gardens (Ava loves gardens) and includes free entry to all the English Heritage sites in the area.
The apartment itself is superb - spacious, clean and fully equipped. We arrived to find displays of flowers and a large food hamper which is keeping us well-fed. We are enjoying self-catering in the kitchen, which looks out onto blooming flowerbeds.
We are loving taking evening walks in the gardens as we have private access after the tourists have left for the day. There are acres of flowers, fruit trees, perfectly manicured avenues of bushes, a wilder forest area and immaculate lawns. There is also a pretty garden designed around a lily pond, built for the Queen Mother when she was warden of the castle. We're having great weather, too.
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