If you're ever possessed by the desire to visit some real, honest-to-goodness English countryside I highly recommend Greta Hall in Keswick, a beautiful B&B in the Lakes District. We didn't stay in the guest house itself but I couldn't resist sneaking around to take a few photos of the guestrooms before it opened up for the season. Apparently Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Southey used to live here - does it get more authentically English than that? We were treated to some classic Cumbrian weather (i.e. lots of rain) during our stay but it only made the grounds seem all the more lush and luminescent. Totally gorgeous. I look forward to burning out and retiring in a place like this.
The Coleridge Wing
Traces of Hong Kong
One thing I loved about Greta Hall was the thoughtful decor. There were so many little details I wish I'd had the time (i.e. the steady hand; shooting freehand on film in a dark room is hard) to capture - this former opium bed turned opulent four poster, inlaid with intricate wood carving - this curvaceous stool by the door - here a poster, there a stone statuette. My favorite room was the Library in the Coleridge Wing - easy to imagine lighting a fire in here, curling up on a couch and losing track of time.
Sunburst-like spider mums by the Old Wash House
Another touch I really enjoyed? The abundance of friendly resident animals. Be sure to say hi.