A Birthday Treat
As a birthday treat, my in-laws visited Sculpture By The Lakes, a haven of peace and tranquillity nestled in the Dorset countryside. They had received a voucher for entry which included the use of the private island within the grounds!
One sunny Friday, they packed up a picnic and off they went. There were over 30 pieces of sculpture to admire created by Simon and Monique Gudgeon in a peaceful, serene setting of 26 acres of countryside. The location was easy to find with plenty of parking. As soon as they entered, they felt relaxed and calm and enjoyed a slow wander around the garden and lakes, snapping photographs of beautiful sculptures at every opportunity!
They enjoyed their picnic on their private island on Rainbow Lake where they found an enclosed pavilion with soft seating purely for their own use, which enabled them to escape the mid-day sun. There was a picnic table and also a wood burning stove for the colder months, seating for 6 people and is accessed via a small private bridge. It was a perfect hideaway retreat, where they enjoyed reading the paper and resting up a while. The lakes were not too busy and provided a very tranquil atmosphere. They also noted that they only allow adults and children aged 14 years +, no babies or dogs are allowed entry due to the deep, fast flowing water.
Offering a relaxed and cosy setting the Gallery Café provides a seasonal menu with ingredients sourced from their very own kitchen garden. It gives a new meaning to “Field to Plate” when you can see the vegetables growing just around the corner! Soon it was time to leave so they walked through the gift shop. Mother in law found a beautiful bronze figure sculpture that she wanted as a memento of their day out, but after glancing at the price-tag she was quickly ushered out of the shop…! You can see the sculptures for sale yourself here.
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