Rousham House & Gardens

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Rousham House & Gardens


Rousham is the purest example of an Augustan landscape garden, designed by William Kent on a framework made by Charles Bridgeman in the 1720s. One’s first Roman encounter is with statues recalling the Imperial games: a lion mauls a horse and a gladiator dies with restrained agony. A path leads into the woods and the Venus Vale, with statues of Pan, a faun, and Venus, from whom Caesar claimed descent. A sweetly serpentine rill flows in a stone channel from the Cold Bath into the Venus Vale. In another glade, a Temple overlooks the River Cherwell. The terrace overlooming the river is named the Praeneste after the ancient temple complex in the modern town of Palestrina outside Rome.


Oxford and the wider county have a multitude of different attractions to chose from and some of them are actually featured in this book. But there is just one that is off the beaten track from them all and that in my opinion is a blessing in disguise. Rousham House & Gardens have to be one of Oxfordshire’s biggest and brightest hidden gems. Now then, having said that, I would like to take the opportunity to explain that although we have called this attraction ‘Rousham House & Gardens’ and although the gardens are open would you believe every day of the year, the house is only open to prior arranged group bookings. As I spent a good couple of hours walking round this spectacular garden, it was a pure delight and it came as no surprise to me, that this venue along with its grounds, are on a number of producers filming location lists.

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Rousham House , Nr Steeple Aston,
Bicester, Oxfordshire , OX25 4QX


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