Saturday, 18 April 2009

Luton Hoo

Today we went for afternoon tea at Luton Hoo to celebrate a dear friend's birthday - 70 on Tuesday, but don't tell anyone.

Luton Hoo Hotel is a former stately home designed by architect Robert Adam and landscape architect Capability Brown.

At the heart of the Luton Hoo Estate lies a six-acre octagonal walled garden. Established in the 1770s by John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, friend and advisor to George 3rd and consultant in the planning of Kew Gardens.
We didn't want to leave the party for too long so didn't get to see this particular feature - but these gardens were spectacular enough!

If you 'click to enlarge' this very poor out of focus photo (only had my trusty point and shoot camera to hand) you will see an aeroplane on the runway at Luton Airport.
How did Capability Brown manage to get that framed between these two trees?

More photos of this spectacular house and grounds to follow...
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