Hardwicke Court

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749b – Hardwicke Court

2 May , 2016  

Hardwicke Court

Hardwicke Court

The second HHA place visited on May Bank holiday, but what a contrast to Berkeley Castle. We are the only people exploring the sequence of reception rooms consisting of an entrance hall, drawing room, fine library and a dining room. We are welcomed by the owner herself and allowed to take our time, given the choice of a tour or left to read through the freely supplied leaflet; we go for the latter option. After looking around the rooms we head outside to look at the very plain late Georgian exterior, designed by Smirke and built around 1816-17, with a fine magnolia tree, terrace garden, pretty round lawn garden with undulating hedges, a short canal water feature with spring flowers either side, and super views across to the Cotswolds. A nice way to end the day.

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