How the young snub our castles

Whilst many Brits subscribe handsomely to our British heritage and flock to stately homes around Britain, many of the younger generation are turning their backs.

National Treasure Bamburgh Castle

National Treasure Bamburgh Castle

A recent survey of drivers aged 18 to 35 by Swiftcover suggests that ‘Britons are now more likely to visit Africa or Asia than some UK counties’. Sadly, only 8% had ever seen Bamburgh Castle.

Buckingham Palace tops the list, 47% of those surveyed having visited.


The youngsters prefer to gaze at the view from Sydney Opera House or study the Leaning Tower of Pisa than immerse themselves in British history.

Well, here’s a tip. Anyone interested in our aristocracy and their humble dwellings, but does not wish to go as far as actually visiting them, you can download one for free and have a right laugh at the same time. Simply download Open House at Cove Castle from Amazon kindle and you’ll find yourself in the quirkiest stately home around

Laugh out Loud at Cove Castle

Laugh out Loud at Cove Castle


Another Aristocrat Falls…Into a Caravan!


Following on from the early tradition of the BBC’s Upstairs Downstairs success decades ago, Downton Abbey and Blandings have made a very good fist of reviving the formula.

The problem I have with them is that all three are set in contemporary times, that is early 20th Century, when such families were truly the landed gentry, lording it over the Great Unwashed with panache.

Whilst enjoyable, I find it all too predictable, because what I’m more interested in is how these noble families are coping in the here and now.

How are they clinging on to their castles?

Are they still dressing for dinner?

Can they still afford dinner? 

I made up a few of these answers in my recent novel, Open House at Cove Castle, when my fictitious aristocrats the Trenthams had to lower their castle drawbridge and allow the peasants access – just to survive. Such survival tactics bring out the best and the worst in hapless noblemen who are, after all used to ruling the roost for the last ten centuries or so.

But now Little Britain legend, Matt Lucas, has taken it a step further.

In Pompidou he plays the title role of a penniless lord of the manor who has downsized to a caravan in the grounds of his stately home, which he shares with his dog and, get this, his butler.

Whether the format works or not, and the early signs are that it won’t, what a priceless idea. I missed a trick there. Oh well, maybe I could build it in to the sequel that I’m currently working on. Power to the People!

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