Becky Types

My Little Cottage; I've Moved In!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Well, I've been in my house for over two weeks now and thought it was about time I shared some photos for you lot to be nosey with, because who doesn't want to be nosey in someones house, right?

If you are not aware, I jumped on the property ladder and brought my first cottage back in November. You can read all about the property here.

Just in case you don't want to click on a link here's a quick catch up; a 18th Century cottage which needed a lot, and I mean A LOT of work doing to it. It was one of those houses where you think it would be a 'simple' job of painting and then you find out that the cottage needs new plaster or that because you have a large kitchen space a simple kitchen will fit in, when in reality you need to get a hand built kitchen because it has silly walls that are not straight.
Anyway, enough moaning, here are the photos.

I think the best thing about the whole renovations is just how much money I saved on. I found some lovely places and used Ebay, WAY too much!
So if you want me to focus on each room and explain where I got certain items of furniture, let me know.

Would love to know what you guys think of the overall renovations.

Becky Types

National Trust; Tattershall Castle

Monday, September 18, 2017

Back in August, Andy and I visited Tattershall Castle in Lincolnshire. Despite living within an hour from this historical place and driving through the village a few times, I had never stopped until now.

Built in the 15th Century by Lord Cromwell, Tattershall Castle is one of three castles to be built in red brick, as traditionally castles are built in stone or timber, so this is quite a unique building to say the least.  In 1910 the castle was bought by an American who demanded for all the fireplaces and treasures to be ripped out, packed and shipped to the USA. Thankful, Lord Curzon of Kedleston stepped in and stopped the sale in the knick of time and managed to save the fireplaces.  The castle was then left to the National Trust in 1925.

The design of the castle is very simplistic, but just be warned of the 142 steps to the top! Don't worry there are stops every so often for you to catch your breath on and the views at the top are worth it.

When comparing it to other National Trust properties, Tattershall Castle is very empty. There are no elegantly dressed rooms, equipped with highly polished tables. At first I found this very odd, but after a while you soon realise that back in the 15th Century they wouldn't of had a great deal and majority of the furniture would of been lost in the sale of the building.  However, it would be great to have basic furniture to show the visitors what would of been there back in the day.

The next best thing at all NT properties is the coffee shop with their lovely scones, however at Tattershall this isn't the case but the gift shop does sell drinks (hot and cold) and it was lovely to enjoy a cuppa while sat outside on the deck chairs looking on to the tower.  However, if you do fancy something more substantial, the Holy Trinity Church which is adjacent to the castle sell tea and cake until 4pm most days.

Overall, Tattershall is a place I will probably return to if they have an event on, they have a Christmas  market in November and hold the big Easter Egg Hunt with Cadburys in the Spring, other than that I would imagine you would spend no more than an hour here. They have a kids activity where they must follow the signs within the grounds to learn about the Castle past.

Have you visited Tattershall Castle, what did you think? If not, you can find more information on the National Trust website here.