Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Kingston Bagpuize House and Garden - open last Wekend for the NGS

Kingston Bagpuize house and garden was open last Sunday as part of the National Garden Scheme, or Yellow Book as it's popularly known.
The garden is wonderful, but we were slightly surprised to find that the snow had settled in the garden, hiding crocuses, snowdrops and many of the hellebores.
Here are a few photos of the garden which was splendid in the snow:
 This Iris managed to poke its way through the snow.
 A glimpse of a domed feature above and a gate below

 A close up of the domed octagon
 This was a Daphne in flower, with a gorgeous perfume.
 A Cornus above
 This is the fireplace inside the Pavilion, a lovely building.

This is the view from the raised terrace leading away from the Pavilion.
And a glorious view of the house from the raised terrace.
After looking round the garden, it was lovely to go inside to warm up and have a look round the house, with some lovely features and many portraits

 I love corner cupboards, and have one similar to this one, although not as old. It has been beautifully painted, although it's hard to see because of the reflections.
 Some of the pottery was gorgeous like this bowl whose provenance I have forgotten.
The kitchen is well worth a visit for tea and cakes, pottery items, postcards and other things for sale.
For visiting times have a look at the where you can also find out about the history of the house.

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