Charley Chau - on holiday at Astley Castle

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When Charley Chau goes on holiday, we like to take photos. When we go on holiday with friends who are also photography fiends, to a stunning house that won the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize in 2013, and with our gorgeous little doglets, the result is lots of really very stunning images. We've put them together here in this ebook.

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Staying in a ruin is not

euerAone's idea of the

perfect summer holiday

but Astley Castle fs o

uerA special ruin,

usinner of the 2o1S

RIBA Stirling Prize

We haue been dying to stay at

Astley Castlefor yonks, and

earlier this summer ue finally

got the chance to spend a

useek at this incredible and

unique building.

Astley fs o Landmork Trust

properfu and u)as the usinner

of the 2o1S KIBA Stirling

Prize, the UKs most

prestgfous architecture prize.

It's also a dog friendly house

so the monkeAs came too!

Tuso of our friends joined us

at Astley - the louely Grzegorz

Gebik and Mr M, both of

ushom are uerA talented

amateur photo g r apher s,

and usho took the beauttful

photos in this book.


Astley Castle is a thirteenth

century fortified manor house

that was left in ruins by a

devastating fire in tg79. By 2oo7

Astley Castle was listed by

English Heritage as one of

Britain's most endangered sites.

The Landmark Trust took action

and embarked on a bold

restoration project to rescue this

incredible building.

Post-restoration, the ruins are

still very much in evidence,

forming an impressive courtyard

through which visitors now

pass to enter the house.


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a long, lazy breakfast

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The gardens are surrounded

by an ouergrou)n moat that

once kept intruders out but

is now rather handy for

keeping dogs in, so our

doglets u)ere able to run

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Happy Dogs

We've learned from

experience that settled and

happy dogs make for a much

more relaxed holiday for us!

Aside from the obvious dog

food, dog bowls, collars, leads

and poop bags, here are some

of our packing essentials when

staying away with dogs ...

GPS Trockers

We have small GPS tags that

clip onto our dogs' collars and

sync with an app on our

mobile phones that can be

set to sound an alarm if any of

the dogs wand.er further than

we want them too - handy if

the dogs are running around

out of sight. There are many

types available to buy online.

We use the 'TrackR Bravo'tag

from thetrackr.com.

them zipping around in the

dark like fireflies! Search 'LED

light collar' on amazon.co.uk.

Fun Stuff

Bored dogs in an unfamiliar

rented house is a potential

recipe for disaster!

We always pack a basket full

of their favourite toys to help

keep our dogs amused.

We also take lots of balls and

a ball chucker so that they

burn lots of energy playrng

fetch - sleepy dogs makes for

for peaceful evenings!

LED Light CoIIars

If we're outdoors with our

dogs at night they wear LED

light collars so that we can see

them easily in the dark. The

collars have LED lights sewn

into the length of the collar.

Each of the dogs has d.ifferent

colour lights and it's fun to see


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Sleeping Essentials

We are specialist dog bedding

designers so it's probably no

surprise that we take doggie

sleeping arrangements very

seriously, even when away on

holiday!

We pack heaps of beds and

blankets when travelling with

our dogs, especially if staying

in a big house like Astley so

that we don't have to lug beds

from room to room.

All of the beds and blankets

that you see in this ebook are

of course by ong>Charleyong> ong>Chauong> and

available on our website at

charleychau.com.


This is mysterious Mr M who

also joined us on our holiday

at Astley.

Mr M is also a very talented

amateur photographer and is

usually into black and white

street photography. He can

often be found wandering the

streets aimlessly in search of

'that perfect capture'.

Mr M is a bit shy so we won't

go on too much about him

here but thank you too, Mr M,

for allo*ing us to publish

your beautiful photos in this

ebook.

Grzegorz Gebik is a friend who

we met through a mutual

love of dog photography.

Grzegorz's passion is black

and white dog photography,

although he shoots in colour

too, and posts the most

stunning images on

Facebook and Instagram.

Thank you Grzegorzfor

making our holiday so much

fun and for taking such

stunning photographs.

Find Grzegorz online at:

F aceb o ok : bIackWH Ite P P ET S

Instag ram @ grzeg orzg ebik


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Essentio,l Info

Astley Castle is available to

rent through the Landmark

Trust.

The house sleeps B humans

and dogs are allowed too.

Prices start from LggB for a

four night stay (around f 3t

per person per night).

Astley Castle

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Nuneaton

Warwickshire

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landmarktrust.org.uk


Booking Ttps

Astley is one of Landmark's

most popular properties and

is often completely booked out

but cancellations do become

available so keep your eyes on

the availability page on the

Landmark website.

Astley Open Days

We first visited Astley on an

open day. Landmark runs

open days throughout the

year so that the house can be

enjoyed even if you have not

booked it for a holiday. It's

well worth a day trip! See the

Landmark site for more info.

Random Astley Tips

Mobile phones worked fine

at Astley but data connection

was patchy and slow so it's a

perfect place to hide away

from the outside world! Bear

in mind too that in keeping

with other Landmarks, Astley

does not have a TV, DVD,

radio or broadband.

Cars are not allowed into the

grounds at Astley and parking

is in a secure stable yard by

the perimeter wall. Luggage is

transported to the house by

wheelbarrow!

Astley is a self-catering

house. We arranged a grocery

delivery (through Ocado) for

the evening of our arrival and

another delivery mid-stay.

There are a couple of small

convenience stores a short

drive away in Stockingford.

The grounds at Astley are

part walled and part moated.

Our dogs showed no interest

in crossing the moat and so we

were able to let them run free

in the gardens unsupervised,

Intrepid explorers may require

supervision!

About the Landmark Trust

The Landmark Trust is a

charity that rescues important

buildings in danger and

secures their future by making

them available to rent for

holidays. Landmark currently

has around 2oo buildings in

Britain that are all of either

historical or architectural

importance, from cosy

cottages that sleep one to

palatial manor houses.

Over half of Landmark's

properties are dog-friendly

which is why Landmark is our

first stop when planning a

holiday in the UK.


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Beoutiful bedding for dogs

ong>Charleyong> ong>Chauong> makes beautiful bedding

fo, dogs that looks gorgeous in Aour home.

We are auard-uinning British designers

uho specialise in designing huurious dog beds

and blankets that are cosA, stylish and practical.

We are also sisfers, Christine and Jenny,

and openly admit to being craza dog ladies.

Do lookus up online ... @ong>Charleyong>ong>Chauong>

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