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  1. I found the house with the red dress by coincidence - discovered this summer while visiting the "Chiesa in tempesta e pioggia". The house was right next to this church, and obviously it was also abandoned. The access way and the property were already quite overgrown. The old wooden door just stood open, so the house literally invited me to take a look inside. It seems the building has been originally a mill and was probably rebuilt for living only later. As a decorative element, the large millstone was still in the middle of the living room. Upstairs were various pieces of furniture with floral paintings from the time of historicism (1850-1890). Furthermore, in front of the house was an old wooden cart / hay wagon, which was also decorated with floral paintings. All in all, a nice chance find. Besides, really great, absolutely no vandalism there. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  2. The first attempt to visit it was exactly three years ago. However, I didn't feel very well at this time, so I went back to the car after half the way. Not a bad decision, because The_Raw and the others failed then. Now the second attempt, this time with more luck. A really great and impressive building! Visited with @The_Raw & @Miss.Anthrope. History (taken from The_Raw) The present chateau style house, the third on the site, was built for the Hughes copper mining family. The house, designed in the 1870s, was called a 'calendar house' as it had 365 rooms. It is set in walled gardens of around 18 acres, which are themselves set in grounds of around 5,000 acres, encompassing open fields, parkland and forests. The 1870s structure is an example of the myriad of new types of buildings that were arising during the Victorian era to fulfil increasingly specialised functions. For example, there was a room in the mansion that was only to be used for the ironing of newspapers, so that the ink would not come off on the reader's hands. The property was last used as a private home in 1929, after which it was converted to a 'rheuma spa', a health centre for the treatment of people with rheumatism. The spa remained until the outbreak of World War II, when the hall was taken over as a hospital. Post-war the hall became Clarendon Girls' School, but after extensive fire damage in 1975, the school was forced to close. Restored by businessman Eddie Vince as a Christian conference centre, it was sold at auction in 2001, but a proposed redevelopment by Derbyshire Investments failed to materialise. The property was to be offered for sale by auction on 12 October 2011 with a reserve price of £1.5million which did not include the 5,000 acres of surrounding land. However it was bought shortly before auction by a businessman who bid closest to the £1.5m guide price. He intended to develop the property into a hotel, but these plans never materialised, and the property lies derelict. In 2015 Kinmel Hall was identified by the Victorian Society as one of the top ten at-risk Victorian and Edwardian buildings. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33
  3. Meanwhile, this Italian villa of a football coach is pretty well known, and several things has changed there. Only a dusty dirt road leads to it and from outside the house looks quite inconspicuous. But once again proves: Don't judge a book by its cover...! 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
  4. It doesn't look like a castle anymore, instead quite modern. But if the main building, as you say, was built only in the 19th century, it was finally never an old, historic castle. Nevertheless, a nice set.
  5. I already have had this castle on my map for a few years and I also wanted to visit it since then. But finally I only came to its area this summer. Located on the hill above the castle is a chapel and on the way there, along the wall around the castle, were really a lot of tourists. But luckily we found a way over the wall in a blind spot. The castle was built in 1860 as a summer residence on a small island. It remained in the hands of the same family until 1975 when it was sold on. Developers eventually planned to convert it into a 5 star beauty farm but they went bust in 2010 half way through the renovation. Work stopped and the castle has been up for sale ever since. Unfortunately the castle is mostly stripped, but it still has some great rooms & ceilings. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
  6. Thanks! Indeed, I found the place by myself. More specifically: already last year, I saw pictures of the place online. This publication included a (although only very vague) description of the area / region and an outdoor shot of this place. With these few clues I searched via Google Earth and Streetview. Granted, it took a quite long time before I finally found it. But my ambition was aroused, and then I just can't rest or stop, until I succeed. For the hobby, I really search a lot on the web and on maps for abandoned places, and often for a very long time, too. But I enjoy it when I have the time for it (anyway, much more than just lazily asking for a location). And admittedly, I'm also a little proud every time I succeed.
  7. It's the great vault, formerly the church of the castle. In the background is a multi-storey scaffold with backlight.
  8. Welcome to the forum!
  9. Interesting place. But a note: In an English-speaking forum from the UK, it's a little counter-productive to write the reports in German...
  10. Really a beauty, it would be worth restoring.
  11. Nice place & shots, I also like the bit darker sky behind it.
  12. Nice set, especially the drone shot and the old tiling.
  13. Really some very nice bits has been left there, I like the lot of details. It's always a bit strange when the electricity in abandoned houses still works. Why did you name it "Joan we love you"?
  14. Nice decay & light inside. A lot has changed since my visit 3,5 years ago (much more decay). A bit of its history, I just don't know the annual figures: The spa clinic belonged to a rehab center for rheumatology. The building has been abandoned because its equipment met no longer the growing demands and the medical standard. A new sanatorium was buit in immediate vicinity.
  15. Hi! Great that you have logged in the forum. You will certainly like it, some really nice people here! So, welcome to Oblivion State!
  16. Interesting place. The photo with the hooks looks special. Hmm, I eat meat, but honestly, I could never work in a slaughterhouse ...
  17. We left it because we only saw trash and chaos there. And I didn't see the piano. But honestly, for me, the piano seems to be the only beauty there...
  18. You had a driver (a taxi)? Why didn't you hire a car to be independent? Or would that have been so much more expensive?
  19. Due to annoying incidents quite well known. Meanwhile, a lot was looted here and destroyed as much by vandalism. Visited May 2018 with @The_Raw and @Miss.Anthrope. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
  20. No really nice or cozy decor & furnishings; typically 70s / 80s. I like the darker seventh photo and especially the bright green plants on the carpet of pic 9.
  21. No, I never have been there, for different reasons. 1. It's too expensive. 2. It would be extremely annoying for me that I couldn't move freely. I don't like relying on a guide. And I don't like being unable, to do what I want, where I want it and when I want it. 3. Besides, due to the catastrophe that caused the abandoned area, there's a difference there to other places. So I probably wouldn't have as much fun there, as I normally have while exploring. After all, for these reasons, I never have been in Pripyat.