Great estate with lavishly decorated house and fine gardens
Originally a Tudor house, Lyme was transformed by the Venetian architect Leoni into an Italianate palace. Some of the Elizabethan interiors survive and contrast dramatically with later rooms. The state rooms are adorned with Mortlake tapestries, woodcarvings attributed to Grinling Gibbons and an important collection of English clocks. The 6.8-hectare (17-acre) Victorian garden boasts impressive bedding schemes, a sunken parterre, an Edwardian rose garden, Jekyll-style herbaceous borders, reflection lake, a ravine garden and Wyatt conservatory. The garden is surrounded by a medieval deer park, with herds of Red and Fallow deer, covering almost 566 hectares (1,400 acres) of moorland, woodland and parkland and containing an early 18th-century hunting tower (The Cage). Lyme appeared as 'Pemberley' in the BBC's adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice
Name and credits for images of Lyme Park
Description of image - View of the Lyme Park Forecourt with the arched entrance, gate-piers and iron railings, and the North Front in a mix of 16th, 17th and 18th Century architectural styles.
Description of image - View of the 18th Century South and West Fronts of Lyme Park, Cheshire, in the Palladian style by the Venetian architect Leoni, with the sunken Dutch Garden in the foreground.
Credit for photograph: ©NTPL/Matthew Antrobus
Copyright: ©NTPL/Matthew Antrobus
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