BOWOOD House and Garden


10th June 2016                                                    Photos by Hetty

Bowood House and Garden is a member of the Historic Houses Association

First we walked in the grounds to the lake (man-made, designed by Capability Brown).

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There are lots of different types of trees

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We saw some deer – this was the only one that kept still long enough to photograph

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Wild orchids and rhododendrons

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Looks like a banana tree – how is it growing outside?

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The cascade

S1051459 copyGrottos and temples were fashionable

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There were lots of geese

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The boat house

S1051480 copyThe 18th century house behind a ha-ha. Although this is large, ‘the big house’ was demolished in the 1950s.S1051481 copy

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Squares instead of stripes on the lawn. Shame Mr H doesn’t want to mow our lawn like that.


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The lake is huge, and there is a submerged village in it

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On the terrace

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Originally an orangery, scientist Dr Joseph Priestley, discovered oxygen here in 1774 – he was the children’s tutor.

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After a tour of the house,  we went to the Woodland Garden on another part of the estate – only open late April to mid June, for the rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias

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The Mausoleum

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