Sunday, May 12, 2013

Brunch at a Castle

Cherokee Castle is a 1450s Scottish-style castle built in the 1920s.  It overlooks the 3,100 acres of Cherokee Ranch.  The ranch used to be known for Santa Gertrudis cattle, but nowadays Cherokee Castle and Ranch Foundation is home to cultural and educational events.  David and I went for a Mother's Day brunch and a castle tour.

Friends Rey and Jen are horse sitting for our neighbors, so they did our morning chores. 

We drove up a narrow dirt road  thinking "can this be the way"? 
At last we saw this -
and farther on up the road, this -
Yep, a castle, complete with
gargoyle drain spouts.
No photos are allowed inside the castle, which is home to a collection of jaw-dropping antiques (original Sir Christopher Wren drawings!  Gainsborough portraits!  Oh my!).  But for me, the view was truly priceless.
Looking southwest to north -

Thanks, David and my 4 legged kids, for a fun Mother's Day.


Kay G. said...

Christopher Wren, THE Christopher Wren who designed St. Paul's Cathedral in London? Wow!

What a fantastic place and I agree, those views are wonderful.
Guess you had a day to remember!!

Lauren @ She Moved To Texas said...

I didn't know there were castles in the mountains, very cool!

in2paints said...

Not a bad way to spend Mother's Day! Gorgeous!

Karen Burch said...

Where exactly? I would love to visit a Scottish Castle and I am close enough to do so. Looks like a wonderful way to spend your day and we're finally having some warm weather sans snow.

Ruffles said...

Wow that is amazing!!

Zanzibah Alpacas said...

Wow ... that is a fantastic view !! What a wonderful place to visit,glad you had a lovely day .... Jayne

thecrazysheeplady said...

Holy Cow!!!

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A Brit in Tennessee said...

What a spectacular view, just breathtaking.
We toured Glen Eyrie castle in Colorado Springs, it's a strange sight seeing a castle rising up form the Western landscape !
Lovely pictures, thank you for sharing your day out.

Lori Skoog said...

Who would have thought?

sophie...^5 said...

This place is spectacular. The view from all sides, I could just stand there and stare for hours. Too bad about the 'no picture' policy. I suppose they don't want vandals etc. knowing about the value. Hope there is security. I need to go to castle sometime, the last time was on the Rhine River in 1969, so long ago.
Happy Mother's Day!

Dom said...

A cool place with a GORGEOUS view. Wow.

Angelikas Photographic Sketchbook said...

A Scottish castle called Cherokee Castle? Now I am intrigued. I'm sure there is a very interesting story to this place.
What amazing view. You were really lucky you got such a clear sky.

And I was sorry to hear about the little child falling out of the window. What a sad story.

Jim said...

Better late than never!
What a beautiful place, Terry! I thought what is a castle doing in the middle of the mountains? It just is! Incredible views and I can only imagine what it was like inside. I love the colours on the roof tiles in the last photo.

Fundy Blue said...

Hi Terry! What beautiful photos! I've been in Colorado 31 years and never have I heard of Cherokee Castle! (and I'm almost totally of Scottish descent) I've got to check this out! Thanks for sharing!

Joe Bauman said...

Nice story and pics, Terry!