Longleat House


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I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful Elizabethan stately home “Longleat House” along with Pauline during one of my visits to the UK this year.

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Longleat House is located near Warminster in the county of Wiltshire in the south of England and even though the current owners still reside there, it is open for viewing by the public.
Set within 900 acres of `Capability’ Brown designed parkland this magnificent Elizabethan property was the first stately home to open on a fully commercial basis to the public in 1949 and will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 1999. Built by Sir John Thynne and substantially completed by 1580, Longleat House has been the home of the same family ever since. Many treasures are included within; paintings by Tintoretto and Wootton, exquisite Flemish tapestries, fine French furniture and elaborate ceilings by John Dibblee Crace incorporating paintings from the `School of Titian’. The Murals in the family apartments in the West Wing were painted by Alexander Thynn, the present Marquess, and are fascinating and remarkable additions to the collections. Apart from the ancestral home, Longleat is also renowned for its Safari Park, the first of its kind in the UK. Here, visitors have the rare opportunity to see hundreds of animals in a natural woodland and parkland setting. Amongst the most magnificent sights are the famous pride of lions, a white tiger, wolves, rhesus monkeys, elephants and zebras.

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