Summer Bucket List item #1. Technically, it was an overnight trip and not a day trip but I think it still qualifies! 😊
Last week Hubby, Miss Dee and I took a road trip up north to The Castle at Skylands Manor in Ringwood NJ. The building itself was built in the 1920’s but was designed to resemble an old Tudor castle. Really cool! Surrounding the castle are the most beautiful botanical gardens. The land and buildings are owned and cared for by the state botanical society and offer year round tours and events. The Castle at Skylands functions as a bed and breakfast and an amazing wedding venue for some very lucky couples. The inn keepers also run the catering business for any of the affairs held there.
Here are some shots of the exterior of the building…
And the interior…
I kept visualizing Scarlett O’Hara coming down this stairway!
Miss Dee enjoying her breakfast in the sun room.
This is a small peek at the gardens. The grounds were huge and every corner you turned revealed another statue, fountain or display of plants with a quiet little bench from which to enjoy the view. There were only a few blooms this time of the year so we all decided we needed to make a return trip in the spring.
This ivy covered cottage serves as the visitors center and this little hobbit-like house…
.. is where the pumps for the fountains are hidden! Miss Dee was ready to move in! All photo credits, by the way, go to the lovely Miss Dee (except of course for the one photo she is in).
The staff at the inn was very helpful and pleasant and the rooms are full of character. If you are looking for modern conveniences though you will probably be disappointed. There are no phones in the rooms, no refrigerators, no bar or restaurant on the grounds and breakfast was your typical continental fare, muffins, bagels, juice and coffee. We drove into the town of Ringwood, about 3 miles away, for dinner.
All in all I would definitely recommend a visit to Skylands Manor, especially if you are interested in history, or botanical gardens or just a really romantic get away. I know we will be going back!
Check out their web site for more information: http://www.frungillo.com/venues/skylands-manor