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SonShine Club Outing 2010

01 Jun 2010

On Tuesday 1st June - a lovely sunny day, 26 members and friends of the SonShine Club set off for a day of fellowship and fun.   Our destination was Castle Ward, a beautiful 18th century house set in 820 acres of walled demense,  just 2 miles from Strangford in Co Down.

In less than an hour, our bus driver had us at the Tea Room where we enjoyed a welcome cup of coffee and homemade scones.
Following this, those of us who wished to, had a guided tour of this remarkable house.
Castle Ward has been on the hands of the Ward family for 400 years.   At one time there was a difference of opinion between the husband and wife, as the house is built and furnished in two distinct styles.   The front of the house is in the classical tradition, the husband's choice, and he rear is in the gothic style, the wife's choice.   The gothic part of the house has a lovely position as most of the rooms overlook Strangford Lough.   This house, although imposing, still retains the feeling of a family home..
Then it was back to the Tea Rooms for lunch.   Homemade organic soup, sandwiches, and shortbread biscuits hot from the oven!   Purchases were made from the Gift Shop and second hand book shop, and then the more energetic went for walks, while the others sat in the sunshine in the courtyard and had more tea and coffee and a good chat.
The bus driver had us all safely back at the Hall for 5pm, tired, but having enjoyed a great day out together.
Many thanks to Captain Lorraine for organising everything so well. 
Marie Darrah