I was skeptical about coming here, but am totally impressed and will happily come back again.
The castle - a proper castle with crenelations, towers, battlements and loos in the basement dungeons - has been very sensitively but daringly adapted and added to to make it fully functional and fit for purpose.
And that purpose is now to house a really good cafe, wildlife displays and information, exhibition space showcasing local artists and history, and private hire function space - all fully accessible, but with plenty of crannies to explore.
The update has sensitively incorporated the original owner's philosophical / scientific / natural history interest. A walk down to the giant globe is well worth it as would be a walk to the lighthouse.
I cannot commend the architects and the local authority who have done such and incredible job enough - this really is as good a restoration / re-purposing as you get.
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