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After seeing posts about this location it became number 1 on my list to visit. It took me several weeks to locate, and its location has been kept tightly guarded, and quite rightly so, but I had to see this beauty for myself, and through hours and hours of work finally got a breakthrough to its location. So an early start and full day of travelling after I convinced my friends we should go, even though we didn't have a back up, and we were all touched by the place and glad we went.

The house felt full of sadness to me, and of a lost era, and I treated the place as visiting guest should do. I'd like to return and just spend time soaking the atmosphere of the place more, as I feel like I missed lots by having my face stuck to the back of the camera.

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Top notch collection this - superb.

Every time I see this place it moves me, I have the same urge to experience it myself. I must try to put some time aside.

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Superb report Redsplore, great pics and a nice write up. Love this place, and you have done it justice! :thumb

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