Afternoon Tea at Cherokee Castle and Ranch with Zeb and Lagertha Duck

A 1450s style Scottish Castle is only 30 minutes south of Denver, in Sedalia, Colorado.   Surrounded by 3,400 acres of ranch land this castle is breathtaking.   Owned by Mildred Montague Genevieve Kimball, known as Tweet Kimball the property is now part of a foundation and a protected wildlife sanctuary.   Tweet was the first rancher, male or female, to introduce Santa Gertrudis cattle from South Texas.   These cattle not only survived, but they thrived and are now bred all over the world.   Let’s see this castle.

Cherokee Ranch Castle

Cherokee Ranch Castle

Looking to the side, we see green pastures.

Pasture land

Pasture land

And, a tower.

Must have a tower

Must have a tower.  Love the weathervane.

Since the castle is now used for public events, this outdoor area is perfect for parties.

Outdoor area for gatherings

Outdoor area for gatherings

Before opening the door to the castle, we must know who wants to come in.

Must see who wants to enter

Must see who wants to enter

Let’s go in.

Time to go inside

Time to go inside

First we enter the Great Hall with soaring wooden arches and cut stone walls.

The Great Hall

The Great Hall

Here is a painting of Tweet as she welcomes us.

Painting of the legendary Tweet Kimball

Painting of the legendary Tweet Kimball

Today tea is served inside as the weather is a little wet.

Huge room for group to enjoy afternoon tea

Huge room for group to enjoy afternoon tea

Isn’t this a beautiful room?   We are served tea, accompanied by a tray of finger sandwiches and sweets.

Finger sandwiches and sweets for us

Finger sandwiches and sweets for us

Yum!   Everything tasted so good.  Next Lagertha Duck and I, Zeb the Duck, with the humans marveled at everything on a tour of the castle.   Every castle needs a knight with a suit of armor.

Suit of Armor for a knight

Suit of Armor for a knight

There is great art everywhere.   Even the restroom has art.

Art in the restroom. Fantastic!

Art in the restroom. Fantastic!

What a fabulous bedroom.

What a bed

What a bed

We love this bed.   Tweet was a pioneer in the cattle industry and she won many awards.

Some of the awards received by Tweet Kimball

Some of the awards received by Tweet Kimball

She and her Santa Gertrudis cattle received first place at Denver’s National Western Stock Show for many years.   There is so much to see here, you must visit and tour Cherokee Castle when you are in the Denver area.   Now we are going to the expansive balcony.   This man is balancing on a tight rope.

Balancing on a tight rope

Balancing on a tight rope.   Isn’t this incredible!

And here is a tribute to the real Denver Frontiersmen.

Frontiersman

Frontiersman

You can see that the weather is not allowing the 200 mile view of the Rocky Mountains today.

Cloudy view of the Rocky Mountains.

Cloudy view of the Rocky Mountains.

On a clear day you can see Pike’s Peak in the south to Long’s Peak in the north and beyond.   One of the most impressive views of our Rocky Mountains.   Leaving Cherokee Castle, we admired the huge statue of this elk near the castle.

Colorado Elk

Colorado Elk

And, perhaps the most important statue, the Santa Gertrudis cattle.

The Santa Gertrudis cattle brought to Colorado by Tweet Kimball

The Santa Gertrudis cattle brought to Colorado by Tweet Kimball

Remember, it was the cattle that brought fame and fortune to Tweet and the Cherokee Ranch.   For more information visit http://www.CherokeeRanch.net   We hope you visit this beautiful place.   We loved it.

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