It was a lifetime ambition to visit here. The castle at the top is impressive enough, even before you enter the village. The collection of italianate buildings were created from salvaged parts of old aristocratic houses that were being demolished, so recycling at it's most beautiful! Every building is different and quirky - put me a little in mind of Gaudi's Parc Guell in Bartcelona, The pools and lakes are balm to the eyes, surrounded by park-like gardens, specimen plants and shrubs, beautiful frescoes and statues. Every way you look there is something new and different, all tasteful and a little eccentric, a feast of colour. Beyond the village, the mountains hang in the distance, the estuary below reveals miles of golden sand when the tides go out, The little train trip through the woodlands is a relief for the feet, but we just had to go to the lake again to catch the reflections of the azaleas and rhododendrons in the water, The hotel by the beach looked gorgeous, but we didn't go in, We spent the day fascinated and enchanted, The entry price at £10 is a bargain for such joy and even the numerous cafe's were reasonable. Highly recommended.
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