You never know where country roads will lead you, and as I was following a hunt for antiques, I got a tip on an antiques and fine art fair in a village near where I was staying in the Cotswolds. My first clue that the location was special was the gatehouse. (Sorry for the bad image, shooting into the sun!)
As I approached Westonbirt House, a former estate which is now a girls school, I was gawping in astonishment.
The house, which was constructed on the site of a former house from the mid-1860’s, is a massive asymmetrical structure. The interiors, which were partially covered by the antiques stalls, were incredible.
After a quick zip through the show, and an even quicker lunch in the school’s dining hall (gack), I headed outside to explore the property. First up was this fellow whom I discovered lurking around the tradesmen’s entrance.
But what really got me going was the extensive gardens which are spread over 25 acres. Close by, but not on the property, are extensive arboretums with numerous specimen trees and plants.