The front entrance to the 17th century house which was the home to the Bankes family for more than 300 years.
On the left is the laundry and in the distance are the stables.
A closer look at the stables.
The southern aspect of the magnificent house.
For me what made this house so special was that the contents were pretty much just as they were left when the owner died in 1981. Many of the properties you visit contain items that have been brought to the house after it was acquired by the trust.
The very colourful Parterre.
A more traditional view. There was plenty to see in the various parts of the extensive grounds.
This is the Japanese Tea Garden .
Walking back to the house down Cedar Avenue.
26 August 2011
A return visit to this magnificent National Trust house and gardens. The weather forecast was not promising.
Photography is now allowed inside the property. A very pink looking afternoon tea.
Tea for two!
In the top of the property looking up into the dome.
Looking through the large plate glass windows to the eastern formal gardens.
The eastern elevation of the house showing the large plate glass windows.
A ewe berry.
Kingston Lacy House.
A worms eye view of pink butterfly like flowers.
Sheltering in the second hand book shop waiting for the rain to stop. Quite a puddle forming outside.
Heading back to the house. This shows the extent of the heavy downpour.
A rather glum looking figure contemplating the flower pots.
Another grey cloud approaching.
I wonder what he is thinking?
A dazzling display of spring tulips.
Freshly mown lawns and the house.
The Japanese Tea Garden.
Cherry blossom and border colour.
The drawing room. The large painting on the right hand wall is by George Romney (1734–1802) and is of Frances Woodley, Mrs Bankes (1760–1823) Eldest daughter of William Woodley. She married Henry Bankes the Younger in 1784.