English Heritage are restoring this property’s grounds (and hopefully soon also the building).
The product of a wealthy amateur architect who fancied himself a French château..
It was freezing cold during our trip and we managed to get a personal guided tour of the grounds from inside a buggy; this limited my chances to actually take pictures of the gardens, which are being taken back to their original 18th century layout (i.e. largely pre-dating the house). We were allowed to stop off at this folly above in the garden – where elaborate parties would take place.
It suffered because during WW2 it became the HQ of a large company.
Incidentally, it is also where the Country Houses Committee (forerunner to the National Trust/English Heritage) was based during WW2.
Board room chic.
When visited: March 2013
House * out of 5: **
Garden * out of 5: ***