Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Ston Easton Park Gardens

I visited the fantastic Ston Easton Park in Somerset, set round a Palladian house impeccably furnished as a hotel and with charming staff. The park was laid out by Humphrey Repton from 1793. with a boring river turned into cascades. The lower photo shows a tree fallen on the remains of the grotto. It looks like a dinosaur lying down. The top photo shows the ice house. The von Essen hotel chain spends a fortune on antiques and decor - shame it can't spend a minimal sum on maintaining the important garden buildings in an outstanding historic garden. The grotto must have gone years ago but the icehouse is still intact but the ivy and the saplings will destroy it in a year or so.

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