Tixall Wide is so called because it is like a lake and boats are able to turn around here quite easily. This was the lovely liquid gold sunset view from our side doors on our first evening here. The sun was up early on Saturday so we walked up to Bridge 108 and along a track onto the Tixall Road to get a closer look at the gatehouse. We emerged by Tixall Farm which is now all in residential use. Opposite here was this delightful little Bottle Lodge.
So called because of it's unusual shape and built around 1575 on the old driveway from Tixall Hall which was demolished in 1928. It looked lived in, with a very pretty garden complete with satellite dish in the flower border.
We then made our way along the grass verge of the busy little road to the gatehouse which is a grade 1 Listed Building. When chatting to the couple on nb George they told us that they had holidayed there and it was a Landmark Trust property. Apparently a roof terrace spreads between the four turrets at the top. How nice to view the surrounding countryside from up there and to recline there in the evening with a glass of wine watching the stars come out.
A bit further on we came to the church which is beautifully kept. Fortunately it was open so we strolled inside to take a few photos. There were many hand stitched hassocks on display along the pews.
There was a produce sale on in the little village hall so I popped in and came out with a few home made goodies, perfick! There was an old wood turner selling his wares which I admired but didn’t buy because space is a bit limited on a boat. We came back along the canal which made a long circular walk back, so we were ready for a drink by then.