How this website started

When I was a child, I became fascinated with the London I read about in Mary Poppins. Soon I was reading any book I could find that was set in England, or Scotland, or Wales. I first fell in love with the country through its literature.

In college and graduate school, I took every course offered on the history of English art and architecture. That’s when I began traveling to Great Britain. In the beginning, I stayed in London but when I started exploring the rest of the country, I found I could stay in brilliant examples of the architecture I was studying: medieval manor houses, Victorian rectories, black and white inns, thousand year old pubs, and moated castles.

Over the years, I brought my family and friends along with me. As they kept asking “How did you find this place?” I realized I could put together a website to help others discover the excitement of staying in truly extraordinary places.

After all, I had not only studied British art and architecture, I was a published author

and photographer. My first book was a photoessay that I’d illustrated. If you want to know more about my writing, and the class I teach on “How to Write a Children’s Picture Book and Get It Published” go to www.joannewetzel.com

This website is dedicated to the premise that every one should spend at least one night in a castle.

JoAnne Stewart Wetzel



                                                                                                   Grappenhall, Chesire: Standing in

                                                                                                    the courtyard of the Ram’s Head Inn,

                                                                                                    where my great-grand uncle was the

                                                                                                    publican in the 19th century.


                                                                                                    St. Wilfred’s Church, where

                                                                                                    generations  of my family are

                                                                                                    buried, is in the background,






                                                                                            ©2012 JoAnne Stewart Wetzel










Kensington Park, London