cozy nooks, the sparkle of the season, and countless Christmas trees.
(Pictured clockwise from top left: Silver reflections of Castle lights are poignantly nestled into inviting corners; an oversized Christmas wreath signals the season from the arched drawing room window; Santa's reindeer look especially elegant in their Castle dressings; teddy bears, lace and Tartan plaids fill guests' hearts with childhood memories; handpainted Christmas china sets the Castle tables; our beloved Kent and his precious Renee are always close to our hearts; bare, fire-charred walls are the strong backdrop for the elegance of the Carriage House.)
(Pictured clockwise from top left: British and Tennessee flags fly together at the festive entrance; the 5-story Tower is now an enchanting part of the tour; Santa is present in many forms at the Castle, here in Scottish regalia; a ballroom Christmas tree lights layers of tapestry and time; the new Conservatory adds to the architectural beauty of the Castle's roofline; Sir Walter Scott's study, replicated at the Castle in the mid-1800s by Albert Marks, filters in winter's low light over the marble-faced fireplace, draped in Christmas sparkle, tinsel and ribbon.)
bloomy bursts of color, life renewed, and thousands--yes, thousands--of tulips.
June flowers, sunshine lingering on the handmade bricks, and long, lazy shadows to offer brief refreshment through the old South humidity.
(Pictured clockwise from top left: A lantern stands guard above hundreds of yellow mums; the Castle Turrett, shrowded in its speak-a-bit legacy and English ivy; a second story fireplace, still visible from the Courtyard veranda; the new stacked stone walls, split-rail fence and stone path to the back fields, which bloom with Pear Trees and Queen Anne's Lace in the proper seasons.)
(Pictured above, clockwise from top left: The gardens offer messages of love and hope; Roses kiss the ballroom dining table; A sunflower stares into its own reflection in the windows of the ballroom doors; Urns filled with artistic, seasonal arrangements set the tone of elegance and appreciation for the science and beauty of gardens and horticulture.)
(Pictured above, left to right: The Gift Shop is complete with gracious designs, bountiful art pieces and inviting nooks that beckon your attention; The Castle Study, originally patterned after Sir Walter Scott's own study at Abbotsford, offers an intimate setting by the fire, surrounded by original staircases and bookshelves.
(Pictured above, clockwise from top left: A garden lamb brings peace from beneath the deep red mums; One of numerous angels reminds us to turn our eyes upward; Tastefully generous flower displays bring awe to any observer; the Castle Fountain on the front lawn offers a wish to its visitors, and a cool drink to its feathered regulars.)
Added in the Spring of 2014
Rooflines of Another Era
The 5-Story Tower
Now restored and part of the tours.
The Carriage House