Perched above the town of Malancrav (meaning Little Apple) sits the impressive manor. It once belonged to the Apafi family who have been traced back to the 15th century, although it is believed that the manor dates from the 17th century with alterations made to the house throughout the 18th & 19th centuries. Now restored to its former beauty through traditional & soft restoration, the manor is surrounded by ancient heirloom apple orchards that were in full blossom during my spring jaunt. A apple press is a few metres down the road where you can purchase the juice.
There was a ring of chestnuts conversing to the left, with an attention seeking cuckoo. The background noise was of bells tied to the necks of sheep & goats as the shepherds herd them to the higher grasslands for the day, the clip clop of horse drawn carts moving through the village and birds & hundreds of bees collecting. The rooms are huge and airy with French door & elongated windows in every room, terracotta tiles herringboned throughout, windows softened by locally loomed linen with red pattern detail. I have raided the linen cupboard, found bone handled cutlery, cut blossom & wildflowers from the surround, opened the benches & chest for glasses & plates, and this is what we came up with. Still-life Case Study: