The house is, of course, magnificent. With a history going back 700 years, intricate designs, stories in every corner, nooks and crannies that tell tales and stimulate the memory as well as the imagination. It is a stately and glorious place.
But it serves as a mere backdrop to the gardens, the groves, the flowerbeds and the woods around – the exuberant flaunting of life itself, blooming, flowering, bursting forth from rich soil and providing colours no tapestry or painting can match.
This is the English Country House – in full bloom – and it is unmatched – nay – unmatchable.