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Costessey Hall, Norfolk - Costessey Hall was something of an oddity among the great country houses; while many were elegant Tudor or Victorian creations, Costessey Hall was more of a medieval fairytale castle. Described in some cases as something of a folly, the hall’s later renovations included a series of turrets and towers, ornate chimneys and rather fanciful Gothic architecture – quite a difference from the original house given to the Earl of Richmond by William the Conqueror in 1066.

Costessey Hall, Norfolk - Costessey Hall was something of an oddity among the great country houses; while many were elegant Tudor or Victorian creations, Costessey Hall was more of a medieval fairytale castle. Described in some cases as something of a folly, the hall’s later renovations included a series of turrets and towers, ornate chimneys and rather fanciful Gothic architecture – quite a difference from the original house given to the Earl of Richmond by William the Conqueror in 1066.

Tyntesfield - Gothic Revival house created by one of England’s richest commoners, William Gibbs, who built his fortune on fertiliser. Spiralling turrets & pinnacles adorn the roof, ornate stone carvings & church-like windows complete the Gothic look, giving the feel of a mysterious, fairytale mansion. Terraced lawns give way to spacious parkland filled with hundreds of trees collected by the family & a glorious walled kitchen garden beyond.

Tyntesfield - Gothic Revival house created by one of England’s richest commoners, William Gibbs, who built his fortune on fertiliser. Spiralling turrets & pinnacles adorn the roof, ornate stone carvings & church-like windows complete the Gothic look, giving the feel of a mysterious, fairytale mansion. Terraced lawns give way to spacious parkland filled with hundreds of trees collected by the family & a glorious walled kitchen garden beyond.

An example of the roofs and chimneys that the children would have to climb across, hide behind, and navigate (Tudor Chimney stacks at Holkham in Norfolk)

An example of the roofs and chimneys that the children would have to climb across, hide behind, and navigate (Tudor Chimney stacks at Holkham in Norfolk)

There’s a fairytale quality to Bolsover Castle. Highlights include the sumptuously painted walls and ceilings of the Little Castle, intricately carved fireplaces and the magnificent indoor Riding School. And with panoramic views over the Vale of Scarsdale, Bolsover has everything you need for a fun day out in Derbyshire.

There’s a fairytale quality to Bolsover Castle. Highlights include the sumptuously painted walls and ceilings of the Little Castle, intricately carved fireplaces and the magnificent indoor Riding School. And with panoramic views over the Vale of Scarsdale, Bolsover has everything you need for a fun day out in Derbyshire.

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