Bowood House is a very popular attraction for visitors of all ages and interests, but we only visited for the first time recently. It is in Wiltshire, near Chippenham and is a Grade I listed country house.  The very first mansion on this site was built in 1725, but there have been a lot building, demolition, redevelopment and changes over the nearly three hundred years since then.

We didn’t go inside, we just looked at part of the gardens; unfortunately our visit was rather short, but no doubt we shall go back. We didn’t go into the house which has interiors by Robert Adam, and we would like to explore the garden more – it was designed by Lancelot Brown, usually known as Capability Brown. dscn2604

Apparently, the gardens at Bowood are acknowledged to be among Capability Brown’s finest parks; we didn’t go round the lake, but he changed it from just a pond to a large curved area of water over a kilometre long. He also designed an arboretum and later a  pinetum was planted.

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We really only looked at the  Italianate terrace gardens on the south front of the house, where a pair of magnificent recumbent stags preside! We had the most perfect day, as you can see from the brilliant skies, so what a shame we couldn’t stay longer!

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