Chiswick House and Gardens.

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The Villa and Forecourt.

Continuing on my exploration of places around London I was sitting in my favourite breakfast spot on Monday when I found a pamphlet for Chiswick house and Gardens.

At this time of the year the house is closed but the gardens are open all year round. It’s been a continuing mission of mine to make sure that I see as much of London as I can this trip.

The house and gardens are beautiful and it was nice to get out of the house. I am on a break from work and with the cold wet weather I’ve been getting stuck inside. The cabin fever has been setting in and there are only so many times I can watch reruns of Bobs Burgers in a day. Even worse I have just found out that my break has been extended by nearly three weeks.

Chiswick House was built in 1725-1729 by the third Earl of Burlington and is one of the earliest examples of neo-paladian design in England. The gardens and house have since been extended by successive owners and is now open to the public which from what I gather is mostly made up of proper English Gentleman and Ladies walking equally spoilt ( and muddy ) dogs.

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The Ionic Temple and Obelisk. The temple is one of the few surviving 18th century buildings.

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The classes bridge built by the Duke of Devonshire.

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The Conservatory.

3 thoughts on “Chiswick House and Gardens.

  • January 6, 2016 at 4:53 pm
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    The villa is a bit stark for my taste, but the gardens are attractive — probably even more so when the trees are leafed out. Interesting to see how important water was as part of the ambience.

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  • January 7, 2016 at 3:36 am
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    It’s difficult to top paladian architecture. There aren’t too many Georgian paladian houses in the States, but probably the best is Drayton Hall outside Charleston, S.C. It is magnificent.

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  • January 7, 2016 at 8:54 pm
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    Lovely photographs! Thank you. Have you been to the British Museum? There’s such a wide range of things to see there that you’re bound to find something interesting, and it would get you inside when the weather is just too bleak. I also recommend londonist.com for updates on what is going on in and around London.

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