Chiswick House 2

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On the day I visited Chiswick House to take some pictures much of the park was shrouded in fog, which at the time seemed to make my pictures seem 'atmospheric' to me but after the event most of them are a bit dull. The one above featuring a section of the house is not too bad and shows the Italian style of the building, plus a dead lead sky unfortunately. The house is attractive and not as 'in your face' as nearby Osterley house. Much work has been carried out restoring the house and gardens in recent years, somewhere to the tune of twelve million being spent I believe? The gardens in particular had fallen into neglect but have now been restored to something akin to their original design using historical documentation and archaelogical methodology.
In contrast to the restoration work employed on the house and gardens a new cafe has also been built but in a very modern style, which in facy works well and adds a bit of chic for the West London 4 x 4, yummy mummy brigade. A childrens playground is located adjacent to the cafe so Hugo, Florence and Tabitha can entertain themselves whilst Mater and Pater enjoy a Camomile tea and slice of Carrot cake nearby.
Chiswick House and Gardens is a lovely place to visit and it is very refreshing to wander through its varied environs which include woodland, landscaped gardens a cricket pitch and lake, V nice!!

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