Wednesday, August 03, 2016

The Real Life Fairy Tale Village of Blaise Hamlet



After visiting Blaise Castle Estate and climbing Blaise Castle, there was just enough time for a quick visit to the magical Blaise Hamlet. This is a tiny hamlet of nine picture perfect cottages, arranged around a central green.. The houses were designed by John Nash (who also designed Brighton Pavilion, Buckingham Palace, and a whole host of other notable buildings) and built around 1811, as retirement cottages for former workers from the Blaise Castle Estate.


Stepping into Blaise Hamlet feels like stepping into a storybook. The green is beautifully kept and has a winding path which snakes around the green, passing all the houses on the way.


It seems like the kind of path which might not lead where you expect, taking you across worlds or through dimensions...


The houses are almost impossibly picturesque. They look like they have sprung fully formed from the pages of a fairy tale, a Rackham or Nielsen illustration made real.


Each one has exquisite and interesting details, such as unusually shaped chimney pots and decorative windows.


Each house is also completely different from any of the others, but they are built in such a complementary style that they blend into a perfectly cohesive, pleasing whole.


In the middle of the green is a sundial, the perfect finishing touch.


Perhaps it was just the time of day that we visited, just as the sun was setting, but the hamlet was incredibly quiet. The only sound was birdsong.


The quietness and the golden light heightened the fairy tale atmosphere even more.


After walking around the green it was time to step out of the hamlet's gate and back into the outside world, leaving this tranquil little slice of storybook life behind.

Blaise Hamlet is managed by the National Trust and is inhabited by residents, so if you plan to visit please be considerate of this. You can find out more details about visiting on the National Trust website- https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blaise-hamlet

8 comments:

  1. Aw, I'd love to visit a fairytale place! I like your outfit too!

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    1. Thank you! Luckily for me, England is full of fairytale looking places :)

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  2. Blaise Hamlet is such a wonderful place. I must visit again with my family sometime soon.

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    1. It's so lovely there, I hope I can go back again soon.

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  3. Awww these cottages are absolutely gorgeous, so cute and pretty! :)

    Sarah | Raiin Monkey

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    1. They are so cute that it almost didn't seem real!

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  4. Every time you make a post about one of your adventures I have to add another sight to see to my "what to do when visiting England next year" list. It looks wonderful!

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    1. Ah thank you! It is such a beautiful place.

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