An eighteenth century house and park with a nineteenth century 'Italian' garden. Lancelot Brown's plan for the park survives and is one of the clearest examples of his serpentine style of garden design. It has circular clumps, an encircling tree belt and a serpentine lake. A Doric temple sits beside the lake. The lake discharges via a cascade designed by Charles Hamilton of Painshill. The conservatory was designed by Robert Adam. In 1851, George Kennedy designed an 'Italian garden' to mediate between the house and the park. It has terraced, balustrades, urns and steps. It lacks the dignity of the house and park but is enhanced and softened by a good planting design.
Bowood, Derry Hill, Calne, Wiltshire, England, SN11 0LZ
April to October. Daily. Open 11am to 6pm. Rhododendron walks open daily for 6 weeks in May and June, depending on flowering period.
Adult House & Gardens £8.60, Rhododendron Walks £5.60 (£4.60 if you are visiting the House and Gardens on the same day)