Powerscourt Estate

After touring London, Bath, and Stonehenge we didn't think we would see anything much better and I'm happy to say we were very wrong. After chasing away sheep, getting whipped by the wind, and having multiple detours we finally arrived at this gem, Powerscourt Estate.

Powerscourt Estate was originally a 13-century castle owned by a man with the last name of "La Poer" which was anglicized into Power. In the 16th century, the Powerscourt family obtained ownership and commissioned Richard Cassels to remodel the home. The home was used over the centuries as a strategic military spot, a venue for many parties and gatherings, and even welcomed King George IV. 

Powerscourt had a destructive fire that essentially ruined the inside of the home with the shell of the house still standing. In 1961 the Slazenger family, of Slazenger golf, acquired the home and today it is a fantastic tourist attraction, golf course, and spa. 

For garden lovers this is your true paradise. There is a mix of almost every tree, shrub, and flower imaginable. Powerscourt gardens has a mix of Eastern and Western shrubbery as well as a lake, many statues, and multiple walkways. 

Powerscourt is rated by National Geographic as the Number 3 spot in the World's Top Ten Gardens. 

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Up Next: Georgetown in the Fall 

Across the Pond

Aaaand we're back! After a fantastic and slightly exhausting trip to the UK, the Venyou team is back to share all of the gems we picked up along the way. We have some brilliant material for you! We're going to start off by sharing what you really want... the pictures!

During our trip we covered London, Bath, Dublin, and a few small towns in between. We saw some jaw-dropping estates and scenery. Going overseas really puts in perspective for us Americans just what "old" means. We cover historic homes but over there they would be considered practically new! The preservation and maintenance of some of these spaces is astounding. The Parliament in London alone is a testament to how good care and preservation can take a building hundreds of years into the future. Let's give you the highlight reel..

 Entrance to a private estate in Kensington, London. 

Entrance to a private estate in Kensington, London. 

 Entrance to St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Princess Diana was married here. 

Entrance to St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Princess Diana was married here. 

 Tower Bridge at night while on the River Thames.

Tower Bridge at night while on the River Thames.

 Early morning view of Big Ben and the Parliament. 

Early morning view of Big Ben and the Parliament. 

 Stonehenge. 

Stonehenge. 

 Long Room Library at Trinity University.

Long Room Library at Trinity University.

 Powerscourt Estate (write up about this on Thursday!)

Powerscourt Estate (write up about this on Thursday!)

 Secret Society entrance ;)

Secret Society entrance ;)

We hope you enjoyed our "highlights" - we'll be covering Powerscourt Estate next!

Up Next: Powerscourt Estate (Ireland) 

The Charm of Malabar Farm

Malabar Farm has always held a special place in my heart. It's in our hometown, it is a beautiful spot for any time of the year, and it never ceases to amaze those who have never seen it before. It is of one of the places that makes you proud to be an American. Malabar Farm is this week's little gem. 

Malabar Farm was built in 1939 by Pulitzer-prize winning author Louis Bromfield. Bromfield grew up in Pleasant Valley and decided to return as an adult and buy a farm. The home itself was designed and constructed as a Greek revival style and has 32 rooms. Bromfield was active in hosting and writing in this home and had as many as 20,000 people visit per year. The Farm in total sits on 1,000 acres of land. 

The farm's true claim to fame despite the famous owner of this home was the wedding of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in 1945. 

Today, the farm is an active place in the community and has events such as the Maple Sugaring Festival, Heritage Days, and Wagon tours. It also has a youth hostel farmhouse where many international guests have stayed. 

If you ever decide to make a trip to Ohio be sure to include Malabar Farm in your plans!

Up Next: Across the Pond

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