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The European Heritage Open Days were held here this weekend, it’s a time when all over Europe historical and famous buildings throw their doors open to the public.

We always like to pick somewhere we haven’t been before and this year we chose to visit the beautiful Florence Court, near Enniskillen in County Fermanagh.

Florence Court was the 18th century home of the Earls of Enniskillen.

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We started off our visit with a picnic in the grounds in the brilliant sunshine, the weather was very kind to us, big cheer for Indian Summers.

We then took a tour of the house.

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Now as is almost always the case with all these magnificent buildings there was no photography allowed inside the house except in the room that the tour started in.

So you’re just going to have to take my word for it that it was indeed magnificent.

There were many treasures from a trunk that belonged to William III to a chair that the Earl sat on in Westminster Abbey at the coronation of Elizabeth II. So many interesting artifacts and beautiful furniture.

I really loved the ‘downstairs’ it was so very Downton Abbey, the kitchen where the food was prepared, the rooms where the servants ate and where they filled hot water jars and oil lamps for ‘upstairs’, all fascinating.

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After the tour of the house we went back out into the sunshine to enjoy the grounds and gardens.

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Now at first sight this tree doesn’t look very significant. It’s an Irish yew tree which is a different species to the English Yew, this particular yew is the mother plant of every other Irish yew tree in existence throughout the world today. It dates back to between 1740 and 1760.

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I’m not sure how much of this plaque you can read but it explains the history of the tree.

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I was so jealous of their pumpkins, considering the fact that mine never got beyond the flower stage!!

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It was a lovely day out, Florence Court is definitely worth a visit.

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B. GĂ©raldine September 14, 2014 - 5:56 pm

oh thanks for sharing ! it really seems to be a lovely place ! Here in France, we have 2 Heritage open days next week end. Wish you a nice evening !

ali September 14, 2014 - 5:59 pm

lovely place and lovely photos

Jennifer September 15, 2014 - 2:52 am

What a fascinating place. I love the story of the tree, how amazing!

Elizabeth September 15, 2014 - 11:29 am

O !! what a wonderful place to spend a day. The yew tree is amazing. I would like to see all the rooms of the Florence Court. Maybe one day? The garden is lovely too. Thank you Vivienne. Elizabeth x x

Simone September 15, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Such an interesting looking place Vivienne! I would have loved to have had a nosy around the place! I love the colour of the walls in the room the tour started in. The multicolour flower is spectacular – I wonder what it is? Have a lovely week. x

Anne D.T. September 15, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Hello Vivienne, What an historical setting inside and out!! I’m glad you could visit. I wish we had a heritage day here, also. Thanks for your comments at my blog. May summer continue as long as possible…..
Anne
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Mia September 15, 2014 - 7:31 pm

What a lovely place, Vivienne,

And all those beautiful flowers, and the magical Yew tree! Such a fantastic story behind it, too. Thank you so much for sharing!

Happy September, dear friend!

Yours,
Mia

Madelief September 15, 2014 - 7:52 pm

What an impressive stately home this is Vivienne! I did not realise the open monument days were ‘European’. We had them in Holland too this weekend 🙂

Happy week!

Madelief

helen philipps September 15, 2014 - 8:19 pm

What a wonderful place to visit, Vivienne…..thank you for taking us along too! Such great pictures, and I loved hearing about the yew tree….fascinating history. Wishing you a wonderful week!
Helen xox

Helenjean September 15, 2014 - 10:03 pm

Looks like a lovely day out . Isn’t it Florencecourt that has a haha? Our children used to call the haha the aha !

Helenjean September 15, 2014 - 10:05 pm

Ps your post about the yew tree is interesting , I knew irish yew trees were different but not that that was the mother ship

Patty September 17, 2014 - 11:58 am

I was away for the Heritage days but there’s never anything much interesting to visit here so it was nice to see somewhere different. Florence Court looks great, isn’t it frustrating when you want to take more interior pics and you can’t. I love the Yew, and the pumpkins 🙂 x

Christina September 21, 2014 - 4:21 pm

So Beautiful!!!!! All of it! I’m loving that pumpkin, too. 🙂

thelinencat & rockcottageyear September 23, 2014 - 5:49 am

Looks beautiful….my kind of house (pending my winning the lottery that is!). Bethxx

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