Tuesday May 8th 2018
Built in 1594 by Sir Walter Raleigh. 400 year ago Sir Walter was executed. Although he had been a favourite of Queen Elizabeth, James I did not like him. So, after a trip to South America looking for El Dorado, Raleigh was executed to appease the Spanish.
He had lived for about 65 years, and during that time had sailed to the New World several times, and had a patent to settle Virginia, contributing towards colonisation.
His country seat at Sherborne was rebuilt and today is still the home of one branch of the Digby family.
The interiors reflect its history and include splendid collections of art, porcelain and furniture. The original kitchen still exists in the cellar and there is a museum of archaeological artefacts.
Our day will begin with coffee in a private room set aside for us. There is a Tea Room where light lunches may be obtained, or if the weather permits there are places in the spacious grounds (Capability Brown), where picnics can be taken.
We will be exploring the castle and grounds at our leisure unti the coach is ready to bring us home to Lymingon.