Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Kenwood House Grounds

Last Sunday, John and I entered the Kenwood House grounds after a leisurely walk through Hampstead, London.

We were immediately plunged into a woodland

surrounded by rhododendron bushes in full bloom.

The first obvious sign of the stately house is the newly restored Dairy where apparently fashionable 18th century ladies once played at being milkmaids before taking afternoon tea.

The path soon opens onto a broad lawn

planted with clumps of rhododendrons,

with peeks of Kenwood House in the distance.

All the while the path offers places to sit against a backdrop of lush trees, flowering bushes and foxgloves.

Not to mention vine-covered pergolas.

It all leads to the front of the house

where we were met with a view of a huge lawn leading down to lake in the distance.

I walked down onto the lawn to look back at elegant Kenwood House, built in the 17th century and remodelled by architect, Robert Adams, in the Neoclassical style in the late 18th century.

Then I walked back to to join John and have a look inside this magical British treasure set in a breathtakingly landscaped setting.

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