While Dunton is all about rest, relaxation, and gorging on amazing food, there are also plenty of activities to keep you busy. To see more on the rest and relaxation piece, see our first Dunton post here, and second Dunton post here.
From ladder ball (directly across from the viewing gallery),
To cornhole, the yard games will keep you entertained for hours.
There’s time to hang out with Emmy Lou and play a game of tag,
Or to snuggle up in a blanket and sunshine to take in the view.
Of course, if you need a more structured activity, head on down to the barn
To meet Sky and Simon, our trusty steeds for the afternoon.
This picture is deceptive as we’re sure deep down they were as excited to see us as we were to see them…
As displayed by Neal doing his best “Rocky” impression. For some it’s a long flight of stairs, for others it’s being on horseback for the first time.
Following our trusty leader, we headed out.
Taking in the sights and sounds,
And just generally going along for the ride.
The end of the journey is naturally celebrated with smiles and pats all around (and maybe just a little side eye from Simon…who, we’re sure was waiting for his carrots and apples!)
When the sun starts to go down, grab a beer or spiked cider and partake in a competitive game of pool.
(Side note – referring to any game of pool between us as “competitive” is a bit of a stretch, as Margaret managed to unintentionally set up the perfect shot for Neal (shown in the picture on the right), and Neal managed to knock both balls out of the way of – and not into – the pocket!)
Then settle into the big, cushy couches with a glass of wine. The fire crackles and pops, and the smells of dinner begin to waft through the air,
As the genius of a chef prepares the night’s feast. (This night it was beef consomme, followed by roasted pheasant atop wild rice with spaghetti squash, and finished with plum sorbet and shortbreads – one of the best meals we’ve ever had!)
A perfectly romantic end to the day.