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Clouds over Kylemore

I really must stop being so alliterative (I have an Alliterators Anonymous joke but I’ll spare you. Oh wait, that was it). Anyway….

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be taken off on a girly break to Kylemore Abbey, Connemara. Originally built as a gift from Mitchell Henry to his wife Margaret (swoon) in c.1867, the story of the building, the tear-jerking twists it takes and the various uses it has had (its last being a boarding school run by Benedictine nuns) is genuinely fascinating, and you can read all about it here.

More recently, it has been revamped as a tourist destination. You can visit and explore the the Abbey itself, the Gothic Church, the Victorian Walled Gardensthe Craft Shop, Pottery studioRestaurant and Tea Rooms as well as some very pretty lake and woodland walks. We pretty much did all of the above, and I hope to post some pics from the trip here over the next couple of days.

Today, I think I’ll start with a shot of the Abbey itself:

I’m amazed it hasn’t been snapped up as a movie set. In fact, I visited Kylemore around the time I was reading Kazuo Ishiguro’s dark and moving Never Let Me Go, and it kind of reminded of Hailsham, the school the novel is set in. (On another side note, the movie adaptation of the book is out in January and looks amazing. Trailer here.)

Suitably chilled? Good, let’s move on, to a shot of tasty, fresh baked scones and warm knitted jackets from the gift shop.

Tomorrow: Inside the abbey.

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    julie
    November 2, 2010 at 10:34 am

    See, see what you’ve done, now I want to drop everything and GO THERE. Right now. You should work for them 😉 Can’t wait to see more!

    • Reply
      Nathalie
      November 3, 2010 at 11:10 am

      I really should! I’d work in exchange for another trip there… We got a really overcast, rainy day, which was great for the moody shot of the Abbey, but I would have liked drier weather for the walk around the amazing Victorian gardens. It’s a bit out of the way (a good hour at least outside Galway) but well worth the trip. I can’t believe I’d never heard of it before!

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