Saturday, 11 June 2016

Leeds Castle & Picture-Perfect Gardens

The Chelsea Fringe Floral Frame at Leeds CastleIt's taken over a decade for me to visit Leeds Castle after last wandering through the Kent-based historic site as a child. One thing is for certain, it's been worth the wait!  I have most probably spent more time out in nature surrounded by flowers than in any other environment, and so when I say that the grounds and gardens of Leeds Castle are spectacular, I really mean it.  Pinafore dress buttoned up, sun lotion slathered on and sunglasses forgotten (oops), it was time to explore 1000 years of history...
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Leeds Castle in Kent
Standing outside Leeds Castle in Kent
The journey from the car park to the castle itself takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, and it's one packed full with plants and wildlife - including adorable Black Swan cygnets!  I found myself continuously struggling to balance living in the moment and capturing the mass of beauty surrounding me.  Perfectly placed benches, numerous scenes of still waters and a surprising absence of creepy-crawlies beneath the trees, all made the the gentle stroll to the castle rather idyllic.
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Vintage Louis Vuitton Trunk found at Leeds Castle
Courtyard architecture at leeds castle
Hooray for historic buildings that permit photography within!  Needless to say, I've shared only my favourite snippets from the visit, such as the personalised vintage Louis Vuitton trunk shown above and the impressive yet tranquil courtyard found at the heart of Leeds Castle.  I'll admit, some spaces were less appealing and perhaps a little too modern after so many refurbishments and inclusions over the years, however that changed entirely once the bedrooms were revealed.  Colourful walls and intricate ceilings adorned most rooms - so tempting to curl up in one of the four-poster beds and refuse to leave!
Extensive book collection at Leeds Castle
Walking through the gardens of Leeds Castle at summer
Swan Cygnets pecking the ground
Gardens and Wildlife at Leeds Castle summertime
If visitors ever manage to tear themselves away from the castle, a courtyard of cafés is just around the corner ready to serve refreshments.  As much as I loved the idea of sitting outdoors and no matter how gorgeous the blazing sun was, the on-site indoors Costa was calling my name.  It provided the perfect opportunity to sit and chat while watching the floods of visitors pour in and out of the cafés - don't let my snapshots fool you, it was very busy as you got nearer to the castle! One enormous brownie later and it was time to check out the scheduled 2pm falconry show as suggested by the ticket office. Let's go!  
Dreamy English grounds during the summertime
Blogger walking through the gardens of Leeds Castle
Aerial view of maze at leeds castle
A-maze-ing!
The 30-minute show attracted a huge crowd and I'm not at all surprised why - the birds were incredible in flight, and even more incredible when they disobeyed instructions!  Afterwards, you could admire them up close at the Birds of Prey Centre behind the maze, including a Russian Steppe Eagle (largest of the bunch) and other Hawks, Falcon and Owls. Up close, you could really see the striking colours of their eyes, though sadly I couldn't get close enough to capture this - note to self, invest in better camera lenses...          
Birds of Prey in flight in falconry show
Picturesque British garden scene at Leeds Castle
Oasis Brooklyn Dungaree Dress Denim BloggerI was super relieved to have worn short-sleeves to the castle, as the temperature was the highest it's been in weeks!  This Dungaree Dress by Oasis has actually been hanging in my wardobe for a couple of weeks now, however its status has changed from 'unworn' to 'worn and loved' after finally finding the perfect white body to wear underneath!  There's nothing worse than a t-shirt rolling up underneath a dress, and so in that respect this Miss Selfridge basic has been a total life dress-saver.



Shoes - Kurt Geiger Carvela Shadow Sandals

Bag - Chloé Medium Elsie

Chelsea Fringe frames at Leeds Castle 2016
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Photo of golf course overlooking Leeds CastleAs you'll have guessed by now, I had a really lovely time at Leeds Castle.  It's the perfect place to spend a warm summer's day - ice-cream in hand, good company by your side and a ton of nature and history within arm's reach!

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With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Wow. First to comment! you are right when you say it's spectacular! Lovely views. Also love your dress!

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  2. as you wrote its truly picture perfect and your outfit today is one of my favs on u!
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  3. A gorgeous castle! So grand and stately! Wonderful photos and post

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  5. This is just stunning, really! Everything looks so idyllic, I'd never want to leave! I can only imagine being immersed in so much history. I envy you.

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  6. Beautiful!! Amazing shots babe!

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  7. Your posts are always filled with nature and beautiful things! I really enjoy reading your posts! They always make me want to get out of here and look for adventures!

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  8. what a cool place

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  9. Love the dress!! Looks so good on you. Sucha. Beautiful place!

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  10. Wow, ugh, seriously so jealous of all of the castles and manors you have around to visit - I want to move to England so badly :(, so much to do ! Leedes looks gorrrrgeous and I will definitely have to visit it someday !
    Also, I loveee that dress, so cute and perfect for wandering around !

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  11. I never visited a castle before. Woah this looks awesome. It's like a throwback to medieval period :D Nice photos Gabrielle!

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  12. I love visiting castles, they're so pretty and just reminds me of Harry Potter lol! Your black and white sandals are super cute! That owl/falcon shot is pretty cool!

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  13. Dear Gabrielle

    I have searched the whole internet, and come accross your blog called "A glass of ice" whose articles were so great. I read some of your artocles, and look at very beautiful views, historical building and its awesome histories. I love reading again and again in the near future.

    London is one of my ultimate dream. I wish I could visit UK sometime in the future. For this reason, hope you are pleased to be my friend

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  14. I always love seeing these castle/estate visits from you, it's always like a real life fairytale! Looking so gorgeous as well, love the denim overall dress!

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  15. Always love your castle/garden visit posts! This one in particular is so stunning, something that I always imagine while reading Jane Austen.
    You look beautiful, Gabrielle!

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  16. These are just stunning clicks...wow... you look like a fairy... great post, gorgeous clicks and beautiful U...hun... xoxo, Neha

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  17. This looks so relaxing and quiet! Beautiful photos and you look adorable in this dress!

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  18. This place is absolutely dreamy, I would love to visit! Your outfit is very cute by the way :)

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  19. I've heard so much about Leeds Castle but I have never had the chance to visit. It's looks fantastic from what I can see on your pics.

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  20. Leeds Castle is so beautiful! I got the chance to visit it with my family a few years ago, and this blog post brought so many memories back! Need to go there again :)

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  21. omg i'm freaking out!!! is there also a labyrinth?!? that's way too exciting!!! it is really a great place and a perfect weekend escape!(:

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  22. Pictures are gorgeous, and I love that denim dress on you, but you have the mst beautiful hair that I ever seen in my life :)

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  23. Love this! Thanks for sharing & Happy weekend♥

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  24. I very rarely buy clothes. But I just bought that dress. LOVE IT so much, I blame you on me now being poor lol


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  25. so so stunning pictures, I love this one with the owl the most ( I am big big fan of owls and maybe this is the reason why)
    You look stunning in this dress

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  26. I must admit, while I've been to Leeds a couple of times, I had no idea it had it's very own castle! And what a fabulous place to go enjoy some photography! You definitely picked the perfect outfit too, I do love a dungaree dress!

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  27. Love it!!! The place is so majestic. Happy Monday.

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  28. Leeds Castle looks absolutely gorgeous and I also love the cute denim pinafore dress you're wearing! Perfect for a Summer's day :)

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  29. Wow, that castle tho!
    I've always been intrigued by castles.
    I visited several castles before, but still want to visit many more castles.
    Hope to visit this Leed Castle when I go to UK.
    Thanks for the info and beautiful pictures :)

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  30. That really looks like the perfect place to spend a summer day. And you were so lucky with the weather.

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  31. It definitely looks like a perfect place to spend warm summer days! All the greenery and river makes such a nice view. Also you look lovely in your dungaree dress! x

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  32. These pics are stunning! This is such a gorgeous castle! It looks so grand and a great place to spend a summer's day. Thanks for sharing Hun! x

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  33. lush photos petal! That floral frame is the cutest!

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  34. I love castles. Period :)
    Really enjoyed this post, hon. The falconry show sounds exciting. They do it here in Chester as well at Chester Cathedral. I absolutely MUST go and check it out! No creepy-crawlies beneath the trees makes the experience a lot more pleasant, that's for sure :)
    Hope you had a great weekend, sweetie & get a good sleep tonight ;)
    Must get to bed early, right haha - said no night owls to another night owl :D
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  35. Oh my gosh so many beautiful photographs !!
    Lovely images !!

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  36. absolutely beautiful! The blue room is probably my favourite. and that snapshot of the owl is just.. wow!!! looks like you had a great time! xX

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  37. That place looks so lovely! I always used to go to castles when I was younger but I really should do it again. That garden is also perfect for Instagram photos! <3

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  38. You look so gorgeous, Gabrielle! The pictures are so beautiful! The place looks also great! Thank you for sharing love!
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  39. You are seriously so lucky to live in a country where there are still castles around Gabrielle! And even better that they're actually open to the public to visit. Thanks for showing us around Leed Castle. The castle itself and the grounds are equally magnificent.

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  40. Simply stunning! Love these photos girl. Amazing capture!:)
    Happy Sunday!
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  41. Oh wow everything is like in the movies!

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  42. Wowzer this place is absolutely gorgeous. Such a stunning backdrop to your beaut outfit. All about a denim dugaree dress!

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  43. Oh my!! Amazing place!
    So beautiful!
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  44. woooow, you look so amazing my lovely <3 You look so gorgeous and that place too *_*
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  45. I've been to Leeds Castle a few years ago - this makes me want to return. I remember the maze being good fun!

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  46. Oh gosh, Leeds Castle is absolutely gorgeous, but I think you may have stolen the show, Gabrielle, haha. You look lovely in those dungarees! I'd love to curl up by the courtyard reading a book! Stunning photos!

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  47. I loooove going to castles and other stately places so your posts always give me such day out envy haha <3 Leeds Castle looks so gorgeous, as do you - love your dress! x
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  48. Leeds Castle is such a magical place, I had the pleasure to see it a few years ago! At first I was a bit shocked how much the tickest where to see it but the grounds are amazing and the area in general is huge! You could easily spend an entire day there or a weekend, as the ticket comes with an additional free entrance within a year (do they still do that?). The birds of prey show was one of my personal highlights as I love owls. Thanks for taking me back to this wonderful place x

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  49. Those views are simply breathtaking! Just magical. It looks like a great time for sure. PS: Loving that overall dress on you! xx

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  50. Leeds castle looks amazing and a great day out! Have a lovely week. Gemma x
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  51. Wow Leed's Castle looks breathtaking! I admire the magical element of all the scenery there & I adore your dungaree denim dress You Look amazing Gabrielle! & you work the look with the block shoes <3! Such an amazing outfit and amazing place!

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  52. What a gorgeous castle, and the garden is just too beautiful! Xx

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  53. Absolutely wonderful!

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  54. wow the place looks so amazing and you look lovely :D

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  55. WOW what an AMAZING place Gabrielle! I love the garden and castle - its just so whimsical :) Hope you enjoyed!!

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  56. Leeds castle is wonderful, and you've captured your moments there beautifully. I like your Dungaree dress. I used to have a chambray pinafore that my mum embroidered and it was my favourite, this reminds me of that. Of course, the furnishings and interior details caught my eye. Have a great new week Gabrielle. x
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  57. Amazing pictures, beautiful outfit as well, I love it, thank you for sharing, you look stunning!!!

    xxx

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  58. AMAZING photos, loved this post!!!
    Have a great day,
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  59. Ah! I'm killing myself to get to a proper castle. Leeds is on my hit list and I hope I get to see the colorful walls and maze for myself one day.

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  60. Your photos are so beautiful! That castle looks like such a fun place to visit and I LOVE that denim jumpsuit!

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  61. You look like a doll! So pretty and awesome photos!

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  62. Great place to be! And I love your jeans dress!!!

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  63. Looks like heaven. I absolutely love all the greenery. Nature is a huge part of my life, so I could spend hours in the Leeds Castle gardens. What gorgeous photos. :]

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  64. That dunageree dress looks so perfect on you! Fabulously stylish causal combo! You look great. Lovely sandals:).

    This castle is magnificent...I really enjoyed browsing these photographs. You always find gorgeous locations.

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  65. The castle stunning
    You look awesome,youlook amazing in that dress

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  66. What an absolutely beautiful place! Everything is so lush and green, it must have been such a peaceful retreat for its residents. I adore your dress, it's the perfect length and fit!

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  67. I think I would need a whole day to explore mainly because I need time to take everything in and then start snapping pictures like a mad woman. That pinafore dress is beautiful on you, Gabrielle, you look fresh out of high school!

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  68. What a gorgeous location! And that dress is so perfect!!! Wish I could rock it like you do!
    xoxo

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  69. Oh.my.God. How beautiful!!! It looks like you're stepping into a period movie set, but it's even better because this is real life! I'm amazed at how gorgeous this castle is, and that labyrinth! I wouldn't mind getting lost there ;) You look as gorgeous and classy as always, I love your dungaree dress.
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  70. Omg, this place looks magical! Seriously, I have to plan a trip to England in some near future and see it with my own eyes:) Your outfit is really pretty, by the way. I love how you kept is simple, but "smart" and classic. Thank you for such a great post!

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  71. Leeds Castle looks beautiful!! And you look beautiful as well! I love your outfit! :)

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  72. Wow, what a beautiful place! It looks so dreamy, and as usual you got some really great photos. That trunk is such a cool piece!

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  73. This place looks like a fairy tale garden. Its so beautiful. love your outfit :) x
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  74. That place is adorable! You have such an amazing nature and beautiful gardens there. Great pictures and perfect outfit. That dress is super cute!
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  75. Your photos are always amazing, Gabrielle. This place looks like a palace taken out from a fairy tale.

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  76. Wow! Your photos are amazing... I love places like that, they are absolutely breathtaking... I can't wait to visit more places like that myself... and you look really cute :) xx

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  77. I love that dress! Beautiful photos.
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  78. Your not wrong about picture perfect, the location is amazing! And you little denim dress is so pretty, you wear it incredibly well. Hope your well ♥

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  79. beautiful place!!! now all you need is a ballgown to fit well with the surroundings! you remind me of rapunzel <3

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  80. so beautiful.. gorgeous gardens.. and love the flower frame

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  81. Beautiful photographs! I haven't been to Leeds Castle in many many years, and reading this beautiful post has brought back some memories. It's much more beautiful than I remember actually and love the beautiful gardens.

    You look stunning and like your denim outfit, it's something I haven't worn in years and really should re-visit sometime.

    Gorgeous photos and beautiful you!!

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  82. Whaaaat a beautiful place!!! I'm still yet to visit Leeds, but it's definitely on my must-visit list! The castle and it's grounds look so pretty! I love what you're wearing too babe, your denim dress is so cute and is perfect for summer! I need to invest in one! Xx

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  83. You always have such beautiful photos! This is another place I will have to add to my list! You look really lovely in this dress :) xx

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  84. When I saw Leeds Castle, I thought wow where in Leeds is that, because I live in Leeds. Lol!! This looks like a great place to visit. Great scenery and photos! You look beautiful.

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  85. Leeds Castle looks amazing! I've been watching a lot of Game of Thrones lately so I'm even more interested in historic buildings than I usually am, I'm just in one of those moods you know?

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  86. What a beautiful spot! I love visiting places like this - especially when you're permitted to take photos inside. The gardens are spectacular too. And those books ♥
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  87. You look like a very warm heart girl next door in this outfit ❤
    Simply sweet, and great places behind too!
    I wish I could visit!


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  88. Ah this is absolutely gorgeous - beautiful pictures hun and as always you look absolutely stunning! Love the first picture, it's so pretty!!

    Hope you're having a wonderful weekend :)

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  89. You are very pretty, I live near leeds I am forever looking for places to visit. Think might visit these gardens.

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  90. I am simply in love with castles and grand gardens! This post really touched my soul ! :))
    Gorgeous location and the photos are very beautiful! :D

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