Cotswolds: Revisiting Churchill’s home at Blenheim Palace

Blenheim palace - The cat, you and us

Welcome to Downton… I mean Blenheim, have a seat!

We are going back today to our early-fall Cotswolds trip because we still have a bunch of pictures that we would love to share with you. First in case, our day at the Blenheim palace, a world heritage site, the house of the Duke of Marlborough and where sir Winston Churchill was born.

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Being completely frank with you, I have to admit that partially we decided to visit the Blenheim palace, not only for it’s historical relevance, but because I had binge-watched Downton Abbey while planning the trip and I was quite obsessed about its similarities.

The wonderful tv series Downton Abbey took inspiration from the real-life stories that took place in Blenheim and the Duke’s ancestors, and definitely, if you have seen the series, there’s something that strikes you as very familiar once you step inside the palace and learn more about the Duke of Marlborough family. Specially the 9th Duke of Marlborough, that married an American heiress to support the state (does that sound familiar?), although theirs was an unhappy marriage, quite far away from the one depicted in the tv series. Nevertheless, the looks of the house & the downstairs-upstairs (with the bells system) are such an instant deja-vu.

I can’t believe I have watched for the first time Downton abbey so so late, sometimes I get in the hype wagon when the wagon doesn’t exist anymore, ha! Does that happen to you too?

Blenheim palace rooms - The cat, you and us Blenheim palace rooms - The cat, you and us
Blenheim palace rooms - The cat, you and us
Blenheim palace rooms - The cat, you and us
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Of course the palace has been the real location for many movies as well, like Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet or James Bond movies. I’m mentioning just in case it ring a bell from somewhere.

Blenheim palace gardens - The cat, you and us Blenheim palace - The cat, you and us Blenheim palace park - The cat, you and us Blenheim palace - The cat, you and us

Since in our Cotswolds trip we were going to be so close to the Blenheim palace, we decided to change the scenery of the natural area for half a day. Our plans included taking a train back during the afternoon to Broadway, one of the most popular Cotswolds towns with hatched roofs. Due to a wrong advice by Mr. Google maps we weren’t in time to catch the train to travel to Broadway, when we realized that the map had guided us to cross a private property (what!) and the detour was of around two hours, which left us not having a single bus to Broadway for that day. One of those public transport users setbacks! Positive side, we were able to see more of the gardens and the exhibitions.

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See you in the next post, in the closing of our Cotswolds trip! Thanks for joining our travel, best companions we could wish!

5 Comments / 5 

  1. Nieves - 22nd January 2018

    Me encantan las fotos!!! El paisaje es precioso y Dàmaris está guapísima! Me ha hecho una ilusión enorme, ver el Palacio Blenheim, donde se rodó una de las series más bonitas qué he visto “Downton Abbey”. Gracias por fotografiar estos lugares de ensueño.

  2. Fiona - 23rd January 2018

    Oh so lovely! Ben is a big fan of downton but I’ve never watched it myself, although I could be persuaded to give it a viewing! All those details are so impressive!

  3. Jennifer - 23rd January 2018

    My husband and I are the WORST at watching things during the peak of their trendiness. XD Part of it is because we don’t have cable, and we wait till things come on Hulu, Netflix, or DVD at our library. I think the only thing we have been ahead of the trend was Breaking Bad, when we rented the first season on DVD. I grumbled as my husband said he wanted to watch it. I don’t think it really was cool until the second or third season, when Netflix became more popular.

  4. Mary - 26th January 2018

    DREAM! Wonderful!

  5. Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's - 10th February 2018

    I’m always behind the hype for TV shows haha :P I remember when I first started watching Downton Abbey and I was OBSESSED! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

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