Today is National Tartan Day, which makes note of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320. This document declared Scotland to be an independent and sovereign country – my, how things have changed.
Castles are usually expansive, grand affairs, but the old adage that good things come in small packages applies even to stone manors. Molly’s Lodge is the tiniest castle in the United Kingdom, and it also happens to be for sale.
Located on the northern edge of the Cotswolds in the southern tip of Warwickshire, Molly’s Lodge is a Grade II Listed (Britain’s ranking for buildings of historic interest that warrant preservation) property that was built in the 1830s by Edward Blore, the architect that expanded Buckingham Palace under the reign of Queen Victoria. It was originally used as a gatehouse for the Weston Park Estate, but is now a fully functioning home.
The 782 square foot Lodge features a Victorian cast iron fireplace, mullion windows, and a spiral staircase that leads up to the single bedroom. The property is on a .61 acre lot, with lovely gardens and a pond. There’s also a long, gravel driveway leading to the front door, an orchard, vegetable patch, and chicken run, with the idea that Molly’s Lodge could be self sufficient.
Also on the property is Molly’s Mews, a former stable that’s been converted into living space. The Mews is a bit larger than the Lodge, clocking in at 1,146 square feet. It has two carports, a single car garage, and a home office on the lower level, and an exterior staircase up to the one bedroom apartment with a kitchenette.
“Molly’s Lodge is certainly a unique Grade II listed home and there really isn’t much else like it in the area,” listing agent Iain Powis told Country Living. “The Cotswolds has a real breadth of architectural styles with everything from pretty thatched cottages through to grand manor houses and rectories, but this Gate Lodge offers something completely different. Interest so far has come from local buyers who are looking to downsize.” This might be the only castle that one could downsize to.
BOOKS! The 14th Edible Books Festival was held at Loganberry Books this weekend. People came and carefully set up their entries. Viewers paid their fee and carefully considered their favorites. After the judging was complete and the winners announced – the entries were demolished in less time than you can imagine. Here are some of the entrants this year.
The Monster Book of Monsters
Click Clack Moo
Pigs in Heaven
Not a Box
The Paper Dolls
And, in the adult category, Tequilla Mockingbird
The answer is nothing – because Smoke and Mirrors Day was yesterday. However, I hope you enjoy this Penn and Teller bit of misdirection as much as I do.
March 28 is Something on a Stick Day
When I was a Girl Scout and we went camping, sometimes we took twigs, took off the bark, wrapped the end in biscuit dough and baked them over a campfire. When they were done, we pulled them off the twigs and stuffed them with jam. I remember them being one of the best things I had ever tasted.
I am not sure I would have the same response now.
These look good, though.
And then there are corn dogs.