Well ok, as you would expect it was not The Shining's Overlook Hotel, in fact it was totally the opposite. It was warm, welcoming and really nice, but....
Once the thought was in my head it was just not leaving. I had a quick look to remind myself of what the Overlook Hotel looked like in The Shining and it does not even look like the one in the film (though it does look more like the once used in the series.....). Either way, what set me off with this chain of thought was that I rounded the bend of the driveway I saw the hotel set on a terrace with the golf course leading up to it and I thought 'that's overlooking.....' and there I was running down this rabbit-hole and was hard to stop.
Walking along quite long corridors did not help either. I could just picture a small boy trundling along in his trike..... At least there was not a maze or any topiary animals. but these spirals! Oh!!
This story began several months ago when driving back from Portmeirion. The sat nav took us on a weird and wonderful cross-country journey and we drove past the gates to this conference centre and I saw the words 'sculpture park'. Now I love a good sculpture park so made a note of the name with the thought that next time I was up this way I would know where it was and visit. Then a work conference came up at this venue and it was clearly fate that I would have to go.
There was a storm brewing on the day I was there but the weather so far was surprisingly sunny so I decided that during the lunch break I would go for a wander. This caused me a little angst as I am not certain that wandering around golf-courses willy-nilly is a good idea. However there was no sign of anyone playing golf, probably due to the total saturation of the ground after days of rain and, I told myself, if I stuck to the paths I would most likely be ok.