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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Thursday, 17 October 2013

Cliveden

Cliveden House, former home of the Astor family, and now owned by the National Trust rests in 325 acres of wooded walks, water and terraced gardens. There are many sculptures and statues hidden around the grounds which sweep down the hillside to the River Thames.

The water gardens















 Cliveden House now a luxury hotel:




The water tower masquerading as a clock tower.







Major refurbishment is taking place at the back of the house. There is a giant slide which the children loved as a way of getting down from the terrace.




 


 
View from the garden down to the river
 
 


Fountains








This baboon statue, found very recently in the undergrowth, has been identified by the British Museum as over 2000 years old.


Lots of topiary in one of the gardens.


Walking down the drive from the house we passed this classic E-type Jaguar from the 60s which was part of a photo shoot for 'Vanity Fair' magazine. The feature will focus on the Profumo affair which began at Cliveden.

23 comments:

  1. Very nice. I wonder which sacred place the baboon came from and who took it.

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  2. Looks like an awesome place. I'd love to walk those grounds and see all of the sculptures/gardens, etc.... WOW!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  3. It is such a beautiful place. How wonderful to have it preserved for all to enjoy!

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  4. what a wonderful place to take a walk with your camera ... I love the Jag !!

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  5. They certainly knew how to live a nice life ! What a beautiful building and gardens ! My practical sense just told me how many window cleaners, cleaning stuff and gardeners you need to keep it nice and clean, lol. A little too expensive for my pension ! Therefore it is better in a National Trust.

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  6. The English countryside is so beautiful! The gardens and stately buildings just enhance it further. Love that giant slide! We rarely see metal slides in our country as the sun makes them too hot to safely enjoy.

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  7. What a lovely place and magnificent garden. I like the slide! The baboon statue is amazing wel preserved for its age.

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  8. What a beautiful property. Staying there would be an adventure. The gardens are stunning.

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  9. Such a beautiful place indeed and awesome gardens!! Terrific reflections for the day!! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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  10. How wonderful that the public can see and enjoy this handsome property!

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  11. Gorgeous reflection shot and lovely photography of a beautiful place ~ having fun ~ thanks, carol ^_^

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  12. thanks for sharing this beautiful architecture... wonderful photos with a water reflection... well done

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  13. I began to think that car was yours but then I thought, probably not since you took a photo of it. Your tour was magnificent - thank you.

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  14. Beautiful place!

    Love seeing the beginnings of the Fall colours too! :o)

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  15. The place is amazing ! You captured so beautiful reflections... And the giant slider is so unusual in this type of set... Well done !

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  16. I love the big fountain, and the baboon. Nice fall colors in the trees, too.

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  17. Nearly missed this one, what a wonderful place, think it will be on my todo list. Did you go down the slide, I would have looked like fun

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  18. I agree...beautiful place to visit... lovely reflections....Michelle

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  19. Fun to stroll around places like that ... like immersing yourself in a book about a time and life so different from "normal" (whatever that is). I have read some of the books by or about the Astors and that slide seems right!

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  20. A marvelous collection of shots here! Some quite amusing. The gardens are gorgeous!!

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