"A nineteenth century 'Italian' garden surrounded by a twentieth century woodland garden. Historically, it is a fine example of the Landscape Style. Stone balustrades and staircases enclose the lower terrace and a children's garden. The garden has an adjoining deer park with magnificent views over the lake and surrounding countryside. JC Loudon was here in 1833 and wrote that it 'is most nobly situated on the side of a considerable hill. . . there is nothing done in the way of pleasure-ground around it'. Lanning Roper advised on the planting design for the pleasure garden after 1975."
"The House is currently lived in by Richard and Zoe Benyon and their family, and the Estate is a thriving community consisting of farms, woodlands and residential and commercial properties. While the family are modern in their approach to the day to day management of the Estate they are respectful of the history that comes with it and mindful of its responsibility."
Richard Benyon is MP (Tory). His farms are supported by EU money. I saw one family member riding polo on a horse. The family is also active in the parish church as I read in a church magazine. Large areas of Berkshire are in Benyon's ownership.
Another week about English gardens I recently visited
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