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A Walk in Thorpe Hall Gardens, Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex - 11th June 2017

Nosher and Isobel finally get round to the Valentine's Day gift of an overnight stay at Lifehouse Spa, just outside Thorpe Le Soken in deepest Essex. The hotel, built on the site of the former Thorpe Hall and which once counted Queen Mary and Winston Churchill as visitors, has, as well as various pamper and treatment rooms, much of the original grounds of the old hall, now restored to most of their former glory.

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The view from our hotel window

Isobel roams the corridors

The front of Lifehouse Spa Hotel

We walk around the fields

Isobel in the hedgerows

Lily ponds

Some cool spindly plant

Isobel stands in amongst some truly-humungous plants

Isobel in the formal gardens

More of the gardens, also visited by J. M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan

Nice flowers

We find the original entrance to Thorpe Hall

A nice big pond

Carvings on a rare 'Strawberry Tree' - an Arbutus menziesii, and native to the Pacific North Western US

Isobel looks at the rare Stawberry Tree, one of only a handful in the UK

Glass corridors

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The view from our hotel window