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Tudor – 1485 – 1603

tudor house

The Tudor house was defined by its Tudor arch and oriel windows. The Tudor period was the first period to move away from the medieval style houses and was more like a timber framed country house. Today Tudor houses are all listed building and highly sought after due to there location and the amount of space and history involved. Tudor houses are an expensive housing option so be prepared for the financial layout and upkeep costs. If that doesn’t put you off then buying a Tudor house could be a great investment and opportunity to keep English heritage alive.

Elizabethan – 1550 -1625

elizabethan house

Elizabethan houses can be recognised by their large vertical timber frames that are often supported by diagonal beams. The Elizabethan style houses were similar to medieval style houses. These houses were built sturdy to last through the age. The houses were built by the middle class are are today listed building.

Jacobean – 1603 – 1625

Jacobean house

The Jacobean style gets its name from King James 1 of England who reigned at the time. The Jacobean style in England follows the Elizabethan style and is the second phase of Renaissance architecture. May Jacobean houses were very large both inside and out with large rooms for family living.  Common features included columns and pilasters, arches and archades. These features were to create a sense of grandeur. There are many Jacobean style houses on the market today if your lucky enough to be able to afford one.

Stuart – 1603 – 1714

stuart house

One of the most common period property types for country houses. This period house boasted elegant exteriors with sash windows, high ceiling and spacious rooms. The outside was commonly bare brick and flat fronted.

English Baroque – 1702 – 1714

During this period houses were decorated with arches, columns and sculptures and took many features and characteristics from the continent. The interiors were very exuberant with artwork and ornaments in all rooms main rooms

Palladian – 1715 -1770

palladian house

The Palladian era started in 1715 and these types of houses are characterised by symmetry and classic forms, more plain than other eras however on the inside houses were lavish and often had elaborate decorations

Georgian – 1714 – 1837

georgian house

The Georgian house was styled with rigid symmetry, the most common Georgian house was built with brick with window decorative headers and hip roofs. The Georgian house period started and got its name due to the 4 successive kings being named George.

Regency – 1811 – 1820

regency house

The Regency housing style was common among the upper and middle classes from 1811 to 1820 the houses were typically built in brick and then covered in painted plaster. The plaster was carefully moulded to produce elegant decorative touches to give the exterior of the house more elegance.

Victorian – 1837 – 1910

victorian house

Very common even today especially in London. A Victorian house in general refers to any house build during the reign of Queen Victoria. The main features of a Victoria house are roofs made of slate with sash windows and patters in the brick work that are made using different colour bricks. Stained Glass windows and doors were also a common feature as were bay windows

Edwardian – 1901 -1910

edwardian house

Edwardian architecture got its name during the reign of King Edward from 1901 – 1910. These types of houses were generally built in a straight line with red brick. Edwardian houses typically had wooden frame porches and wide hallways. The rooms inside were wider and brighter moving away from the older style houses that were more gothic. Parquet wood floors and simple internal decoration was common also.

Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Known also as the “Athens of the North”, this historic city is built on hills, surrounded by the coast, full of cathedrals, colorful gardens, and is home to a medieval castle that sits right in the middle of the city.

If you plan to be in Edinburgh, and are looking for a unique day trip, the village of Culross is only 45 minutes northwest of the city. The village is like a time capsule of 16th century Scotland, and even better, it’s known for being one of the most haunted villages in the country. If you enjoy history and are fascinated by the paranormal, you’ll love Culross.

There are several tour operators that host ghost tours of Culross, but why pay for a tour and be confined to its time limits and schedules? You can easily tour the village on your own while taking plenty of time to enjoy all of what the place has to offer.

Here is your guide to one of the most interesting day trips from Edinburgh.

Getting to Culross

If you’ve rented a car in Edinburgh, driving is the easiest way to get to Culross, located just 23 miles northwest of Edinburgh. If you don’t have a car, public transportation is available.Take the City Link Bus from Edinburgh to Dumferline, then transfer to the local bus headed to Culross. You can also take a train to Dumferline and then transfer to the bus.

Culross Village

When you first reach the edge of the village, it appears to be an unimpressive industrial town- but as you enter the narrow, cobblestone streets, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the stunning architecture as you are transported back in time. Here, its easy to imagine living another life centuries earlier.

Culross may date as far back as the 6th century, but during Victorian times itnearly became a ghost town. In the 1930’s the National Trust for Scotland began restoration and preservation efforts to make it the lovely 16th century village it resembles today.

Culross Palace

The Palace is the highlight of Culross. It’s a 16th century merchant’s house built by Sir George Bruce. It is also home to some bewitching ghost tales.

Nick Hoskins, the former head gardener at the palace, had an interesting story to tell. “In 1997– I had a rather strange experience. A man dressed in 16th century clothing walked from the main door of the North Block of the palace into my Bothy. I assumed it was a member of staff or a volunteer who had donned historical clothing – something we did quite often at that time – but when I got to the Bothy there was no one there and no one had been dressed up that day. It was an upper class gentleman, and it was a bright sunny day at about 11am. I have no explanation for it. He was wearing baggy trousers, long socks, tunic, waistcoat and hat. It may have been George Bruce himself. I saw him as plain as day and went to see what he wanted.”

Through October 31, 2011, the palace will have a display on witchcraft. During the 1700s Black Magic was common practice in the village.

The Town House

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The Town House was built in 1626. It was the former center of local court. The ground floor was used as a prison where suspected witches were kept separately in the attic.

The Ghost Club (formed in 1862 to investigate paranormal activity in Scotland) has reportedly contacted several ghosts in this building. One has communicated to the investigators that he is the ghost of Judge Johnson, a judge who was said to be especially harsh to defendants, and was responsible for many executions during his time. Another ghost is said to be that of Thomas Gunn who insisted he was innocent all the way up to his death. He’s apparently still trying to clear his name from the other-side.

Admission to Culross Palace is 8 pounds per adult and includes the Town House, Study and Tearoom. It is open daily, all year until 6:00 p.m. or sunset, whichever comes earlier.

The Mad Monk

Culross Abbey is now the remains of a Cistercian monastery that was founded in 1217. One of the monks that served at the Abbey in St Mungo’s Chapel, was Brother Joseph Macgregor. He served there from 1745 to 1789. After his retirement, he began showing signs of madness, and on December 31,1799, he said he had a vision of the Chapel’s collapse. On the night of the summer solstice the following year, the Chapel roof fell in while Brother Joseph was alone inside.

A local woman claimed that she could hear the Brother wail and denounce the devil’s work as the roof fell in. Visitors claim to hear his mourning to this day, and they also see figures in monk’s robes wandering around the area.

Where to eat

After exploring the village and hearing the many fascinating stories of its history, you might be ready for a pint and a bite to eat. The Red Lion Inn is a perfect cozy pub where you can sit back and relax with a delicious plate of fish n chips and a good beer.

I’m sure you’ll agree that Culross makes a wonderfully unique day trip from Edinburgh. I had an unbelievably good time there, and look forward to planning my next visit to Scotland.

Travel enthusiasts have the opportunity to compete for a trip to Great Britain through March 13. The contest, sponsored by Facebook and VisitBritain, asks users to “unite the invite.” Each participant will be given a Facebook photo, presumably that of a stranger, and will distribute it to friends who will distribute it to friends until someone can identify the photo subject and relay that information to the contest entrant. The contest entrants are paired so the mystery Facebook user you seek will also be looking for you.
Unite the invite is like the party ice breaker game where two guests are given matching puzzle pieces and have to find each other. The biggest difference is that there are potentially 500 million people at Facebook’s party. Finding one face among 500 million could prove to be quite a challenge.
Math whizzes trying to calculate the difficulty of the match-up task might note that the average Facebook user has 130 friends. How many friends each friend has in common with the contest entrant complicates the math process as does the inability to predict whether friends of friends of friends will attend to the photo identification task. Like a chain mail, your request could get stalled or ignored altogether anywhere in the process.

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The trip winner is the pair who completes the task most quickly (not the ones who complete it first, as different participants will sign up at different times throughout the race.) Each member of the pair will win a trip for two to Great Britain, choosing one of 6 cities.

Supplemental, unofficial prizes include a potential Facebook friend for life or perhaps a multitude of Facebook friends who facilitated the victory.

David Rowell publisher of the Travel Insider newsletter, offers strategic tips for travel enthusiasts eager to win the Great Britain trip. He suggests that contest entrants message all of their Facebook contacts before signing up to participate and let them know when the contestant will post his assigned mystery photo.

Another obvious strategy is to boost your friend network now. There are downsides to unmanageably large friend networks on Facebook, but if you want to win this travel contest, they may be worth enduring. The more friends you have, the faster your mystery photo will spread through the social network. Why not adopt an extra 200 or 1000 friends in anticipation of the contest start?

Once the contest is underway, the key to winning is speed. Setting aside time to network, sending out reminders, posting and chatting may be the most effective course of action when it comes to identifying your travel buddy and beating out the competition for Facebook’s Great Britain trip.

Due to its immense popularity, it is never too early to begin planning for the Summer Olympics. In 2012 London will serve as host and the moment to begin requesting tickets is swiftly forthcoming.
What follows is the basic information one needs to begin planning a trip to London in 2012 for the Summer Olympics.


The 2012 Summer Olympics will undoubtedly captivate the world’s attention as the games play out from July 27th, 2012 through August 12th.

Though the majority of the events will take place in London, travel planners should take note that there are some events that will take place elsewhere.

A tentative schedule of Summer Olympic events is available online. The schedule of events is expected to be finalized in March 2011, at which time it will be posted on the official Summer Olympics 2012 website.

Tickets and Packages

Tickets for the Summer Olympics in London may be requested from March 15th, 2011 through April 26th. This does not include requests for Paralympic Games, which will be able to be made as early as September 9th, 2011.

Residents of designated European countries, as well as the United Kingdom, who are interested in purchasing tickets to the Summer Olympics are advised to register their interest online with one of the authorized ticket, hospitality and travel package providers.

Doing so will give one notice once the tickets are officially able to be requested. Requesting tickets does not necessarily mean that one will be able to purchase tickets. Tickets are based on availability and certain restrictions and policies apply.

At this time there are currently only three authorized ticket, hospitality and travel package providers. They are Jet Set Sports in NJ as well as both Thomas Cook and Prestige Ticketing Limited in London.

Jet Set Sports will be selling all inclusive packages as well as individual tickets for those who wish to plan their own vacation ala carte style.

Residents of non-designated countries may look to request tickets from their country’s National Olympic or Paralympic committees.

Summer Olympic ticket prices vary by event but tend to range in price from $20 upwards of $2,012 for admittance to the opening ceremony.

The ticket prices are expected to be inclusive of public transportation to and from the selected Summer Olympic event.

Discounted Summer Olympic ticket prices are slated for both senior citizens and those who are less than 17 years of age. A complete list of ticket prices per event may be garnered online.

Travelers should also note that a “Visa” credit card, “Visa” debit card, Pre-paid “Visa”, cash or traveler’s checks must be used to purchase “Summer Olympic” tickets. No other credit cards will be accepted at this time due to sponsorship agreements.

Public Transportation

Since public transportation to Olympic Park is slated to be included in the Summer Olympic ticket prices, travel planners should make note of London’s new Javelin Bullet Train as well as three major rail way stations; Stratford International, West Ham and Stratford Regional.

The Javelin Bullet Train, regular rail and shuttle service are all expected to be favored methods of public transportation during the Summer Olympics in London.

Lodging and Dining

Being a large city, London understandably has a vast number of lodging establishments to choose from. Travelers who wish to be near all the action may want to consider booking a hotel located in either the Canary Wharf or Park Lane areas of London.

One of the more well known hotels in those two areas is the Hilton London Canary Wharf Hotel.

The Hilton London Canary Wharf Hotel is located a measly fifteen minutes from the city’s major airport and features such amenities as sightseeing tours, an on-site restaurant, foreign currency exchange services and a fitness center.

Other restaurants and eclectic shopping venues are also plentiful in the Canary Wharf area.

Regardless of lodging choice, reservations should be made as far in advance as possible.