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Other 'Capability' Brown properties:

Blenheim Palace:- www.blenheimpalace.com

Blenheim Palace is set in 2,100 acres of spectacular parkland in the heart of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds and is only eight miles from Oxford.‘Capability’ Brown’s  work for the 4th Duke of Marlborough here(1764-74) at a cost of some ₤25,000 is probably his most famous design.  When Brown arrived at Blenheim Palace the view to the north of the Palace was taken up with a steep gorge, full of brambles marsh and a stream. Brown transformed this. He wished to create a landscape that suggested natural shapes and harmony untouched by human kind but in fact his landscapes were developed with precise attention to detail. He believed that water stirred the emotions so using a huge labour force the area for the lake was dug, shaped and lined with clay. The Glymme was dammed and the lake came into being.  Brown planted clumps of trees around the lake and park. The particular glory of Brown’s design is this lake (and its cascade) which places Vanbrugh’s earlier bridge in a comfortable harmony with its surroundings. The wonderful curves of its banks contrast tellingly with the straight lines of Henry Wise’s tree plantings.

Longleat House Wiltshire:-

www.longleat.co.uk

Althorp House

www.althorp.com

 

Other similar visitor centres:-

Logie Steading and Estate:- www.logie.co.uk/logiesteading.php

 

Logie Steading Visitor Centre

Originally built as a model farm in the 1920's, Logie Steading has now been converted to welcome visitors to the tranquil Findhorn Valley, near the well-known walks at Randolph's Leap.

In promoting Scottish craftsmanship and produce, Logie Steading makes an interesting day out for individuals or groups, with a wide variety of things to see and enjoy; from fashion textiles to country antiques, paintings and jewellery to secondhand books, prime Longhorn beef to hardy plants, there is something for everyone, not forgetting the acclaimed café where all the delicious food is cooked on site.

The gardens of Logie House will be open again in spring 2013; the playground and the spectacular walk along the River Findhorn are open every day.

 

 

 

 

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