Tyntesfield, the inspiration for Highland Hall

Hi Friends,

I’m packing my bags and preparing to leave on a trip to England and Scotland May 1 – 19.  I am super excited and wanted to share some of my travel plans with you. When I return I’ll share highlights of the trip and photos here on the blog, so I hope you will sign up to receive each post as an email so you don’t miss out!

The Governess of Highland HallSome of you may remember my husband Scott and I traveled to England in 2012 to begin research for the Edwardian Brides Series. We had a fantastic time touring Berkshire, the Costwolds, and the Peak District. Highlights of that trip included visiting Highclere where Downton Abbey is filmed and touring Chatsworth, Mr. Darcy’s Pemberly in the latest movie version of Pride and Prejudice.

Carrie and Cathy

Carrie and Cathy Gohlke

This time I am traveling with fellow author and good friend, Cathy Gholke, who writes wonderful historical novels for Tyndale Publishers, including Promise Me This, Band of Sisters, and Saving Amelie (coming out in June). We’ve been planning this trip for over 11 months, so you can imagine how much we are looking forward to it! We will be visiting the Bristol area to see Tyntesfield, the country estate that inspired the setting of Highland Hall in my current series of books. For more on Tyntesfield check out this post. To learn more about Cathy and her books, visit her website.

The Lake District

The Lake District, England

Then we travel up to Winderemer in the Lake District and visit Hill Top Farm and the sites connected with author Beatrix Potter who wrote all the Peter Rabbit stories. That is supposed to be a lovely area! The movie Miss Potter was filmed there. We have a fun day-long tour lined up, and we are looking forward to seeing all the beauty in that area.

After that we’ll join fellow author, Liz Curtis Higgs, for a 10-day tour of the Scotish Highlands and Islands. We’ll be touring with about 35 other women to explore castles, gardens, and historic sites all over Scotland. We’ll visit the Isle of Skye and Isle of Mull. Liz will be posting photos and updates about our trip on her My Scotish Heart Facebook Page.

Bagpiper Scotland

Bagpiper in Scotland

I hope you’ll check in there and see what we are doing! I will try to post photos on my Facebook Page too, so be sure you’ve liked that and check in to see some of those.

Happy reading until I return,



8 replies
  1. Cathy Gohlke
    Cathy Gohlke says:

    Oh, Carrie! I’m packing my bags, too, and saying good-bye today to my precious granddaughter–until we meet again on these bonny shores!

    I’m looking forward to sharing this U.K. adventure and to discovering new places and inspiring history for our novels. Those wonderful story characters are chattering their way through my brain, and I’m sure yours are, too!

    I’m looking forward to seeing all your wonderful pictures right here on your website!

    See you at the airport gate!

    God’s blessings,

    Cathy Gohlke

  2. Amy Putney
    Amy Putney says:

    Sounds like a wonderful trip! I went to Britain 3 years ago and have been dying to go back even since, so I may be a smidge jealous of you. 😉

    If you have time when you’re in Windermere, you should go to Rydal Mount! The house isn’t all that terribly special, but the gardens are gorgeous!

    • Carrie Turansky
      Carrie Turansky says:

      Hi Amy, thanks for the tip at Rydal Mount and the gardens. That sounds great. We will check it out.

  3. Darlene Lindstrom
    Darlene Lindstrom says:

    Hi Carrie and Cathy , I wish you a very blessed and Happy time on your beautiful vacation / work to England ! I can’t wait to see pictures and blogs or emails ! I will also check into your fb page and and Liz”s blog and fb page! How awesome you get to new up with Kuz also ! Olud the 30 women group sounds fun! Enjoy ! Please name sure I am in your list for emails, I think I am I should be because I get them already ! Have a blast ! My thoughts and prayers for all of you and safe travels ! Love, your Sister in Christ,
    Darlene Lindstrom

  4. Brittany McEuen
    Brittany McEuen says:

    I hope you all have a wonderful trip! It sounds like loads of fun and I am sure you will all get much research material from it!

    • Carrie Turansky
      Carrie Turansky says:

      Thanks Brittany! I hope the Lord will bless us with a great time and lots of story ideas!

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