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Books, tranquility and woodland walks await at this Centre… only $80 full board

Friday, October 8th, 2010

The center contains about 10,000 texts, some of which date back to the 1500s.

The center is located within its own extensive grounds that form the largest organic garden of Birmingham. The center preserves one of the largest Quaker libraries, second only to the Friends House in London and contains about 10,000 texts some of which date back to the 1500s. It is open 24 hours a day for guests. The garden boasts a tranquil lake with an island, an authentic Victorian boating house, a labyrinth, Chinese garden, wet meadows, woodland walks and a walled kitchen garden that produces most of the vegetables for the house’s kitchen Tours of the garden are available. In nearby Dudley, the ruins of Dudley Castle have dominated the town since it was built in Norman times. The castle is one of the most important ruins in the West Midlands and was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086.

Nearby Lapworth has not changed very much over the centuries. It is a becoming mix of ancient properties that mingle harmoniously with barn conversions and new structures. Lapworth’s lovely church is noteworthy for its detached battlemented tower and steeple. A tall nave with a clerestory of Perpendicular square-headed windows distinguishes the architecture.

Lapworth is close to the Tudor delights of Henley-in-Arden. Hidden amidst the verdant lanes of Warwickshire, this pleasant town has maintained much of its original allure and character with buildings covering every period of history going back to medieval times. The one-mile High Street is classified as a Conservation Area and contains many buildings of architectural interest including oak timbered properties dating from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. They have been beautifully preserved, hence its singular designation.

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