Blenheim Palace was so fantastic…….a must see !!

We had taken a day to just lolygag around but on this day  we both wanted to see Highclere Castle, which is where Downton Abbey is filmed and is just a little west of London,  another of our favorite shows.  As we approached the entrance, we found, that it was closed because it was early in the season yet…..a disappointment but we decided to go over to Blenheim Palace and see what that was like ,and not far from Highclere Castle……..WOW!!!!!!!…. It was open and getting there about 10am we figured we would have this looked at in no time but when we drove in and paid for our admission , this 2000 acre , well designed, majestic palace was really something to see……..and we stayed for most of the afternoon……….

Just a little history on this place:

The first duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, had defeated Louis XIV ‘s French forces at the battle of Blenheim in 1704………His wife Queen Anne, thought , “What could I do to thank John for that conquest?”…… Well , she built this palace for him along with all the gardens and a lake , of course……….nice………

A little later, about 1874, another Churchill was born in the home named Winston………….John’s daughter-in-law, Jennie Jerome gave birth here. Winston  grew up in this place and learned to ride  his horse, Rob Roy…………as a man , he won the Battle of Britain and helped defeat Hitler…..The exhibit is quite telling in all the obstacles of his life too…..

Here are some pics of that afternoon spent in awe of actually a work of art!:

 

Daddy-o listening for the bark!!
Daddy-o listening for the bark!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Armour and a funky chair
Armour and a funky chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The chandelier that greeted us upon entering....
The chandelier that greeted us upon entering….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

touring some of the rooms ......gorgeous paintings
touring some of the rooms ……gorgeous paintings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tapestries  ....no need to wallpaper here!
Tapestries ….no need to wallpaper here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Busts.....
Busts…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MJ's department, the dining room and dishes....would live to serve a dinner here....
MJ’s department, the dining room and dishes….would live to serve a dinner here….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

more dining room ...
more dining room …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

one of many fireplaces...
one of many fireplaces…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Downstairs chapel......sculpture....
Downstairs chapel……sculpture….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their backyard......
Their backyard……lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yippee!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winston Churchill's exhibit........
Winston Churchill’s exhibit……..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winston and wife sculpture......
Winston and wife sculpture……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
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He was born in this bedroom……

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Happy Trails!!

If anyone gets close to this place……make sure to leave extra time to check it all out ……it’s worth the time and money!!!

MJ

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