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Friday, 6 April 2012

This is England....

Greetings from a slightly chilly south of England...snow in Devon, water restrictions elsewhere...what's happening with our weather lately?






No interiors this weekend, only beautiful architecture and gardens.




Easter saw us take a drive to Stourhead House in Wiltshire, a beautiful Palladium style house that I have wanted to visit for some time.






The Palladium style was made popular by Venetian architect, Andrea Palladio.




The house was designed by Colin Campbell, a Scottish architect who spent most of his life in England and the house is filled with art and heirlooms as well as Chippendale furniture.
















The gatekeeper's cottage- still lived in today






A 600 year old Chestnut tree












The gardens are magnificent, and designed to surprise the visitor as he meanders his way down to the lake.


A glimpse of Apollo's temple...also featured in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice


as well as the bridge ...











The Pantheon, based on the original Pantheon in Rome...











Quaint cottages on the Estate - some can be rented from the National Trust and others are privately owned.





























Enjoy your weekend!
Sharon
xxx










5 comments:

  1. Beauiful photo's Sharon and a great sign!
    Enjoy your Easter weekend,
    Essie x

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  2. Hi Sharon..happy easter weekend...love from me....xxx...

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  3. Hi Sharon ,
    Beautiful pictures .I really like the first idea. Eggs in a jar and a bouquet of flowers, great !
    Happy Easter !
    Kasia

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  4. Hello! What a lovely house and the Gatekeepers cottage is so pretty. Lorraine xx

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  5. Beautiful photos, Sharon! I would love to visit a place like that. I would love to see England one day,you have such a beautiful country. I hope your weather improves and warms up real good for you!
    Thanks for the tour.
    Hugs, Cindy

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