Monday, 22 May 2017
Day 9: Montacute and Lyme Regis
Today we visited the beautiful late Elizabethan Montacute House in Somerset, now operated by the National Trust.
We had a private tour of the house before the general public were admitted. Very spoiled.
The Great Hall.
The Drawing Room
The Dining Room
A 16th century stumpwork mirror.
The grounds were equally magnificent.
This is the tortured hedge along which Mariannae Dashwood (Kate Winslet) walked in despair over Mr Willoughby.
We then visited Lyme Regis, the scene of many chapters from Jane Austen's Persuation. Last time I was here it was freezing cold, raining and windy. It was wonderful to see it in brilliant sunshine.
We were able to walk out along the Cobb, made famous by Jane Austen's Persuation.
Some of the group who braved the top level of the Cobb: Jill, Kathy, Katy, Jan, Glenda, Nancy, Laura, Jane, Marilyn, Lyn and Mooneen.
Lovely one of Lyn and Mooneen
Katy on the granny's teeth stairs. This is where Louisa Musgrove jumps down and is injured in the novel.
I am writing this on the bus travelling back to Bath. I think everyone else is asleep!