Clearwell Castle

I was recently lucky enough to be invited to the wedding of an old friend over in the mother country. A second marriage for both parties so instead of buying a present, our money was to be spent on Victorian costume, and I’m happy to say that almost everyone participated.

IMG_20150919_152059Clearwell Castle is in Gloucestershire, just next to the Welsh border but most definitely English. It’s a privately owned castle that earns its keep from weddings, conferences and the like.

DSC_0002Set in beautiful rolling countryside, the imposing building looks out over the local hills, the front in a typical castle style, sweeping stone staircases leading to a door which leads into a huge drawing room and to the front, immaculately manicured gardens.

DSC_0007Its easy to become ambivalent about one’s own country, to be unaware of the jewels that encrust it, hidden away behind a hill or a dale, but every country has its bijoux, England no different from all others.

DSC_0006My French laydee fell in love with the castle as soon as we arrived, saying it was just as beautiful as any French chateau that she’d visited. Praise indeed.

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11 Responses to Clearwell Castle

  1. Splendid venue, Chris; and you certainly looked the prat part.

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  2. Nikki says:

    What a wonderful idea for a wedding… and in such a lovely setting. Thanks for sharing this.
    You two make a handsome couple… complete with the stern visages that were in keeping with the portraits of the time.

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    • My visage is just because I’m miserable I think … Was a fantastic day and the castle was absolutely beautiful. We spent the night there, was lovely. Thanks, as always, for your kind words.

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  3. Alex Hurst says:

    Sounds like it was a great time. I can definitely get behind a Victorian wedding… though I may have to make it double tuxes at NJ and I’s own, since we both met parading as “men”. 😛

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  4. janetwyman says:

    You could’ve smiled!

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