Tuesday, August 9, 2016


In Victorian times the Rothschild family owned so many great houses and so many scores of thousands of acres in Buckinghamshire that it was referred to as "Rothschildshire." (The patriarch Rothschild had five sons, each of whom was as skilled in money-making as his father, and they dispersed to the major capitals of Europe, including London, to make even more money). Two of the houses, Ascott, and Waddesdon, have come to the National Trust, and both warrant a visit. Ascott was a "hunting lodge," still very much in the family--no fotos inside the house--but the gardens were most impressive...19th-20th century gardens, all about landscape, but all about plants too. We were impressed, and I'll just post the pix without much comment.

The "Hunting Lodge"

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