Restormel Castle or Kastel Rostorrmel lies by the River Fowey near Lostwithiel in Cornwall, England, UK. It is one of the four chief Norman castles of Cornwall. The castle is notable for its perfectly circular design. Although once a luxurious residence of the Earl of Cornwall, the castle was all but ruined by the 16th century. It was briefly reoccupied and fought over during the English Civil War but was subsequently abandoned.
Located on a spur of high ground overlooking the River Fowey, Restormel Castle is an unusually well-preserved example of a circular shell keep, a rare type of fortification built during a short period in the 12th and early 13th centuries. Only 71 examples are known in England and Wales, of which Restormel Castle is the most intact of all.
The L'Etoile Maison d'hotes was our accommodation for the night in La Bastide-Puylaurent. The building is a former resort hotel and whilst not as grand today it still very much echoes its past.
We had a most enjoyable stay here, with the owner Philippe sponsoring trainees from other European countries we where entertained by a young Russian girl who could both sing and play the piano magnificently. A most memorable evening indeed.
As is the way in such accommodation, meals are a group experience which just adds to the whole ambiance, more so when you can't speak French
Day 5 of 12 - Le Cheylard l’Evèque to La Bastide-Puylaurent: Walking the Chemin de Stevenson (GR 70 Robert Louis Stevenson Trail) in the south of France.
We visited Hampton Court Place grounds when we went to the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (Flower Show).
A little about the Palace. The building of the palace began in 1515 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII. In 1529, as Wolsey fell from favour, the cardinal gave the palace to the King to check his disgrace; Henry VIII later enlarged it. Along with St James's Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces out of the many owned by King Henry VIII.
“York House, a two-storey Federation (c1890-c1915) with Victorian Regency style influences rendered masonry office building, has aesthetic, historic, representative, social and rarity cultural heritage significance for the following reasons: The place contributes strongly to the physical character of the Albany town centre, located near a prominent intersection and displays some fine aesthetic qualities typical of the Victorian Regency style; The place is an important component of the Stirling Terrace landscape and a goldrush example of commercial development in Albany; The place is closely associated with the commercial life of Albany and surrounding farm districts and; The place is a substantial goldrush building which contributes to the community's sense of place, having occupied its prominent corner site since 1894.” - The State Heritage Council of WA
York House is in fact 133-135 York Street, Albany but I have only photographed here 135 York Street.
Also what is interesting is the Google Street view from 2015 shows a verandah over the pavement and semi-enclosed outside dining area. All now gone.
This photograph continues my social history project documenting both the mundane and the interesting in the City of Fremantle and surrounding areas through the medium of Waymarking.
The Freemason's Hotel, now known as the Sail and Anchor, is a two storey building constructed in 1901-03 to provide increased hotel facilities in the Fremantle area. It was built for Nicholas Paterson and Anthony Cornish at 64 South Terrace (corner of Henderson Street) and replaced the hotel originally constructed on the site in 1854, the establishment of which is commemorated by the date on the pediment of the building. (The Hotel's change of name did not occur until 1984, when there was a change of ownership and extensive restoration work carried out.)
The Sail and Anchor Hotel (1901-03) is closely associated with the rapid economic development surrounding the gold boom at the turn of the century, when buildings in both Perth and Fremantle were redeveloped or rebuilt to meet the requirements of a burgeoning population. The Sail and Anchor Hotel is a fine representative example of Federation Filigree style common in the Australian pub tradition of the turn of the century .
Having received two architectural design awards in 1985, the Sail and Anchor Hotel is highly valued by the community as a recognisable heritage asset, the restoration of which is associated with the regeneration of Fremantle in the 1980s and specifically the defence of the America's Cup in 1987.
Ferme de Prémajoux is a farm house that gets a brief mention in Alan Castle's guidebook, Trekking the Robert Louis Stevenson Trail so I felt it warranted a photograph. It is actually, in my view a good example of very functional provincial French architecture from what we saw on our stroll of the French countryside.
Day 2 of 12 - Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille to Le Bouchet-Saint-Nicolas: Walking the Chemin de Stevenson (GR 70 Robert Louis Stevenson Trail) in the south of France.