Lydney Park Estate in Glorious Spring Colour

Driveway to the Estate - The house visible in the distance
Driveway to the Estate - The house visible in the distance | Source

Lydney Park Estate - a fabulous day out

It felt so grand driving along the long driveway lined with trees of every shape and colour. The drone of the traffic gradually faded away as we approached the beautiful Lydney Park Estate in glorious spring colour.

The Estate is situated in Lydney in the Royal Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire and opens it’s gardens, roman settlement and museum to visitors during certain days between April and June.

The Woodland Garden is in glorious colour, filled with magnificent rhododendrons and azeleas, it’s an awesome sight and it’s beauty is guaranteed to take your breath away.

Lydney Park Estate
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Lydney Park Estate
Lydney Park Estate | Source

Family History

Lydney Park was originally owned by the Wintour family. In 1719 it was acquired by Benjamin Bathurst who was the youngest son of Queen Anne’s Treasurer, his descendants have owned it ever since.

In 1875 the Reverend William Hiley Bathurst decided to build a new house and chose the present site in the centre of the Deer Park. The Park holds fallow deer of three distinct colours, brown, white and spotted. It also contains specimens of numerous different trees, particularly hardwoods.

The Reverend’s grandson, who was created Viscount Bledisloe in 1935 for his services as Governor-General of New Zealand, cleared shrubberies and laid out flower beds.

These were cleared away and potatoes were grown, when a Dutch royal family occupied the house during the Second World War.

When the second Lord and Lady Bledisloe, the grandparents of the present owner, came to live in the house in 1950 there was little garden left and a major replanting programme began.

Landscaping and planting began in earnest from 1954, the second Lord Bledisloe - Ben, had a vision and especially wanted to grow Rhododendrons and Azaleas. His idea was to achieve bold patches of colour at different times during the main Rhododendron flowering season, interspersed with other flowering shrubs.

Gradually over the years the Woodland Garden was extended to it’s present size and the varieties and new trees added to create interesting viewpoints and avenues.

The path leading to the Woodland Garden
The path leading to the Woodland Garden | Source

The Woodland Garden

As you enter the 8 acre woodland garden the sheer abundance of colour and natural beauty is breathtaking. The video above shows the photos of the Rhododendrons and Azaleas that I took in this garden.

Japanese Azaleas, a brilliant patchwork of pinks and reds interspersed by white Azaleas and Rhododendrons surround a small pond. You can cross the pond on stepping stones via a small island.

A pathway takes you across a stream past a wonderful scented Rhododendron Loderi King George that sits beneath the branches of a tall Tulip tree.

There is an area of big-leaved Himalayan Rhododendrons, which flourish in only a few places in Great Britain, they grow to tree-like dimensions.

The leaf mould created by the surrounding oak and chestnut trees suits acid loving plants. Magnolias, Acers, Pierris and Cornus also thrive here.

Strolling along the narrow pathways, there is so much to see here. Around each bend and as you pass each tree, you continuously come across something new, exciting and even more beautiful and impressive.


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A place of tranquil & natural beauty

The two ponds, hidden pathways and inviting benches add to the tranquil and peaceful scene.

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Lydney Park Estate - The Mansion House
Lydney Park Estate - The Mansion House | Source
Lydney Park Estate garden
Lydney Park Estate garden | Source

Afternoon tea on the terrace

There is a restaurant in the house with delicious home cooked food on the menu. After a walk around the Woodland Garden, what better way to end your visit than an English afternoon tea!

Although the weather was changeable the day we visited (as you can probably tell from the photos) the sun was out, so we opted for the terrace.

The water fountains and view out to the River Severn Estuary was a delight as was the pot of tea with our scones, jam and cream followed by a large slice of home made coffee sponge!

The staff here were so welcoming and friendly, they were relieved to have reasonable weather and lots of visitors.

The Estate is only open for a few weeks and unfortunately, because the weather here had been so wet in April, visitor numbers were down. They even had to close one day for safety reasons as it was so windy!

Lydney Park Estate garden
Lydney Park Estate garden | Source
Lydney Park Estate garden overlooking the River Severn Estuary
Lydney Park Estate garden overlooking the River Severn Estuary | Source

Part Two to follow

I hope you have enjoyed the video and photos of Lydney park estate in such glorious colour. It certainly was a beautiful reminder to me of ‘What a wonderful world’ we live in.

Part two to follow, will include photos and information on the remains of the roman ruins found on the estate.

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hi friend 4 years ago from India

Very nice. vote up.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What a beautiful estate. Can you imagine what it would be like to live there. Sounds like you had a heavenly day. Enjoyed the video and all the pictures.


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Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

I'd never heard of Lydney Park, but you've certainly made it look like a very inviting place to visit. Lovely video, just the right length I thought.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello hi friend, thank you for stopping by, your comments and votes they are much appreciated!

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Susan, as I walked around the estate, I kept thinking how wonderful it would be to live here - it was absolutely beautiful. Already I am looking forward to visiting again next year!

I'm so pleased you enjoyed the video and pictures, thank you!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Nettlemere, if ever you are in the Forest of Dean area in spring, it's well worth a visit - a fabulous day out!

I'm so pleased you enjoyed the video, thank you for your comments - have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

This is sooo beautiful Lesley!!! Oh my, such a beauty!


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

The Forest of dean was one of the places we considered when we were searching for a new home last year, but decided to leave it for when we retire, it is a beautiful place, your images of the estate and grounds are incredible.

The plants and flowers just reaches out to you, beautiful, beautiful images, and Louis Armstrong Wonderful world the perfect song tract. Just love this.


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Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

How Perfect, MovieMaster! I feel like a kid in a candy shop with all these visual treats - how exquisite and thank you so much for the peek! Video offers up one gorgeous view after another and you chose the perfect song. Voted up and across. :)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi unknown spy, it really was a wonderful day out, I've enjoyed sharing it with you!

Take care and have a fabulous day, best wishes Lesley


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Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

Ooops.... wanted to add that you evoked memories of my childhood when, back in the day, we would visit "The Wilds" and see the beautiful plants, ponds and goldfish and then have tea with scones, jam and cream! :)))) Thank you so much for the memory.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi tobusiness, I lived in the Forest of Dean for a few years and it is a beautiful area, we live about 20 minutes away from there now.

You will love the forest and you will be able to visit Lydney park estate for yourself !

Thank you so much for your lovely comments.

Take care and best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sue, It took me ages to decide on the music for the video, but in the end I thought this seemed perfect.

There is something so 'decadent' about having afternoon tea out! I'm so pleased this has bought back special memories for you.

Thank you as always for your lovely comments, enjoy your day and see you soon, Lesley


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Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

Lesley, you're so right. Here, in the US, it's not customary to go and have tea and I'm not much of a coffee drinker. It's a lost art, I'm afraid. I certainly haven't had scones for YEARS!

Have a wonderful day, too and see you soon....

Sue


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi again Sue, You'll have to make some scones!! ahhh now there is an idea for a recipe hub.....

Take care, Lesley


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Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

Lesley, I'm waiting for your recipe and drooling.... LOL!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sue, scone recipe coming up after the Lake district!


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Your glorious photo's make me ask myself WHY did I leave England.

This video is very picturesque and beautiful especially with Louie Armstrong singing.

Voted across the top except funny, Joyce.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Joyce, Lydney Park is certainly a taste of beautiful, rural England - for it's glorious spring colour and afternoon tea!

I'm so pleased you enjoyed the video and many thanks for your votes!

Have a wonderful weekend, best wishes Lesley


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

What a gorgeous estate. Your pictures are fabulous! Can you imagine living on an estate like that? It looks like a wonderful place to visit. Beautiful hub.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

This (as usual) was a Wonderful and Educational read MM, with Beautiful, Beautiful, Pictures to Enjoy! Looking Forward to part 2. Add me to the list of wishing to see this Estate...But actually I have now, through YOU


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anglnwu 4 years ago

What an excellent video--so beautiful and with one of my favorite songs! It must be nice strolling in Lydney Park and the afternoon tea--what a fabulous way to spend an afternoon. Voted up and shared.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Lesley--I loved, loved, loved this!!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

We do live in a wonderful world. ( I loved the video ) Such a beautiful estate. I have two azaleas, they were beautiful early this spring. Looking forward to the next installment. You take such beautiful pictures..Cheers


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Angela Kane 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

The pictures above are very beautiful and the flowers are gorgeous. You make me want to go and visit.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

What a beautiful place--thanks for sharing your visit there with us. Nice job on the video!

Looking forward to seeing your second in this series… :)


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Lesley, this is a masterpiece. It kept getting better and better. I may have called it quits after the video, but you gave us a rich history and your photography is world class. You are an artist at your every endeavor.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

All of your Hubs are a joy, but this one took my breath away! The video was outstanding with Nat King Cole, and your photography was "over the top"! You are a real artist. I wish I could vote more than once! Well, I voted all I could, and will certainly share on FB and followers. I hope you pinned this to Pinterest!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Beautiful hub I enjoyed my walk around the estate, so nice. Voted Up and Beautiful.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a very enjoyable hub, Lesley! The estate looks beautiful, and the photos are lovely. I would love to visit Lydney Park Estate myself, but it was very nice to explore it by reading your hub and looking at the pictures.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This reminds me of Ashville Castle in North Carolina. it is beautiful and would prove to be a worthwhile trip. I love the song on the video and it is so well done!


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prasonline 4 years ago from Sri lanka

This is a very Nice hub. Enjoyed the video and all the pictures.

Very nice. vote up.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Pamela, yes how I would love to live there - it's absolutely stunning!

Many thanks for stopping by and your comments, have a wonderful weekend, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi b.Malin, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading this, thank you for your comments - I hope you enjoy part 2 too!

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi anginwu, I know you especially with your love for flowers would have loved the beautiful colours and blooms in the woodland garden!

Thank you so much for your comments, take care Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Audrey, thank you so much for visiting and your wonderful comments!

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ruby, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the video and many thanks for your fabulous comments!

Have a great weekend, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Angela, it's nice to meet you, thank you for stopping by - I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit!

Best wishes Lesley


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

Just stunning and what beautiful photographs. A lovely read and makes me so homesick. Well done!!! I pinned it. My style.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi RTalloni, thank you for visiting and your comments, glad you enjoyed the video and hope you enjoy part 2 too!

Have a fabulous weekend, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Mike, I enjoyed producing the video, I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

Many thanks as always for your very kind comments, have a wonderful day and best wishes Lesley


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Hi Lesley, Just want to stop by to say thank you. check my part 5 tribute. wish you'll like it.


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sofs 4 years ago

What a wonderful world indeed. MM, your pictures are always amazing. Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely day.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mary, thank you so much for your fabulous comments! I have now pinned the video!

Many thanks also for your votes and sharing, it's much appreciated!

Take care and best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Moonlake, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your walk around the estate, many thanks for your comments and votes!

Have a wonderful weekend, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Alicia, it's one of the things I like best about hubpages, we get to visit places that we wouldn't normally be able to see!

I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit to the estate, thank you for your comments!

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi teaches, maybe we will see a hub on the castle sometime?

Many thanks for your lovely comments, glad you enjoyed your visit!

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello prasonline, it's nice to meet you, I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit, thank you for your comments and votes, they are much appreciated.

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Goodlady, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, but sorry I made you homesick!

Thank you so much for your comments and the pin, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi unknown spy, thanks for stopping by and I am just coming over to your place now!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sofs, I am a big fan of your photography, so your comments have made my day thank you!


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

thank you really. this is a great piece! especially for me


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mhatter99, thank you for stopping by and reading, I'm so pleased you enjoyed it!

Have a great day, best wishes Lesley


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Kamalesh050 4 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Wonderful hub, Lesley. Great work. The photos are just Superb!

Voted Up & Awesome. Take care. Best Wishes, Kamalesh


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Gorgeous does not even describe this lovely visit to Lydney Estate. What a treasure you have shown us! Thank you so much for putting this together. The information is educational and interesting, the photos amazing.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

What a gorgeous estate and a beautiful place to spend a spring or summer day! Your photos are gorgeous as usual, especially the close ups of the flowers. The info about the estate is so interesting and so well presented. Just another beautiful hub presented by you Lesley. Thanks for sharing this with us. Voted up beautiful and shared!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Kamalesh, thank you so much for your wonderful comments and votes, I'm so glad you enjoyed reading!

Hope all is well with you, take care and best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Hyphenbird, Thank you so much for your very kind comments, the estate is a wonderful place to visit and I have so enjoyed sharing it with you!

Take care and best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Suzette, yes it certainly is a wonderful day out! I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, thank you for your comments, votes and the share it is much appreciated!

Enjoy your day and best wishes Lesley


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

MM, voted up and all across but funny. Once again, you have amazed me! These are beautiful photos Les, come to expect nothing less:) Wow, such a beautiful place. I love the castle-looking house. Just incredible. I am familiar with the rhododendron. They are the state flower of West Virginia, which is where I live. The birds are chirping outside, made this walk in the park complete:) Awesome job MM. Know you work hard on your hubs, so big thumbs up.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ricky, thank you for your comments and votes.

You are so thoughtful - and your continued support and encouragement means a great deal to me!

Have a good week, best wishes Lesley


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

What a beautiful place and your pictures are wonderful! What a nice trip that must of been, especially for those of us who love to take pictures! I really enjoyed the video and all! Voted up and beautiful! :)


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

A beautiful place with glorious beauty of nature. Great photos. Your photos are awesome. Enjoyed your hub and waiting for the second one. Voted up.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Sheila, thank you for stopping by, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit to the estate - you would have loved taking photos there!!

Many thanks for the votes, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Vellur, thank you so much for your lovely comments and votes, I'm so pleased you enjoyed - part 2 soon!

Best wishes Lesley


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Rhododendron is national flower in Nepal. I loved red, white and pink flowers. Thanks for showing the colors of spring.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Vinaya, the rhododendron is such a beautiful flower, it was wonderful to see them growing in abundance, the colours were fabulous.

Many thanks for your comments, best wishes Lesley


stessily 4 years ago

Lesley, Your presentation on Lydney Park Estate is captivating. I'm especially drawn to the pond view with all the colors and to the overlook onto the River Severn Estuary, and all your other photos as well! Mmm, such an enchanting scene of enjoying tea and refreshments on the terrace. The light facade of the house is welcoming, and the rounded turret gives great visual appeal; the overall effect recalls for me those spectacularly beautiful chateaux in France's Loire Valley.

My only sadness is that your video simply is refusing to play, so I shall hope to see it soon.

Well done + all votes + sharing.

Appreciatively, Stessily


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Stessily, thank you for stopping by - I'm so pleased you enjoyed visiting the estate, it is a wonderful day out.

The video is playing ok at the moment, I think it struggles when hubpages is on a bit of a go-slow!

Hopefully you will get the chance to see it, many thanks for your comments and votes, I really do appreciate them!

Best wishes Lesley


stessily 4 years ago

Lesley: Good things come to those who wait. I waited, and your video just played. Thank you so, so much for capturing the beauty of nature so that we all may think to ourselves: "What a wonderful world!"

Appreciatively, Stessily


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you for returning stessly, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the video!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

This hub has made us think about nature and the gift that we took for granted from our Maker. Magnificent Pictures. Takes me back to June 28th, 1712... when our Hero and Mentor Jean Jacques Rousseau was born. He was actually in UK back in 1766-1767, and wrote his walking promenade on the Forest. Thanks so much Lesley!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello lord, it's so easy to become complacent with nature - my visit to this beautiful estate was certainly a reminder to me of the beautiful world we live in.

I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, thank you.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

This whole hub is amazing! You gave a great history of that gorgeous 'castle' and the video and pictures were breathtaking. What an absolutely beautiful place! You've certainly done it justice.

Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting.


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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

This is gorgeous, MM. The flowers looked very familiar to me. Here in the southern US, azaleas, magnolias and rhododendrons make spring the most beautiful season of the year.

Your video was very beautiful and creative. What a nice life you lead, among the flowers!

Up and beautiful!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

The Rhodies and Azaleas are awesome. Fantastic job! I love your choice of music to go with it!


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bdegiulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Lesley, this is amazing. What a beautiful place. I would love to spend an afternoon strolling this estate. And your photos... the attention to detail is just top notch. Every photo is level, framed, beautifully composed. The close-ups of the flowers are exquisite. I'm voting up, sharing, a,i,b,u. Very well done, as usual. Your Hubs are just masterpieces. You just consistently produce the highest quality work.

Bill


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mecheshier 4 years ago

Just simply gorgeous. Beautiful flowers and estate. Thank you for sharing. Voted up for awesome.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi tillsontitan, the estate is a wonderful place to visit, it's a shame it's only open for a few weeks a year - I would be visiting all the time if I could!

Many thanks for your great comments and votes!

have a fabulous weekend, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Molly, thank you for stopping by and your great comments - I always enjoy your company!

I'm so pleased you enjoyed the video and the flowers, rhododendrons are a beautiful start to spring!

Have a wonderful day, take care Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Recbecca, thank you so much for stopping by and your lovely comments, glad you enjoyed it!

Have a wonderful weekend, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Bill, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Lydney estate, thank you so much for your very complimentary comments and votes - they have made my day!

Enjoy yours and take care, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi mecheshier, it's nice to meet you, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Lydney estate, thank you for your comments and votes, they are much appreciated, best wishes Lesley


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi Lesley, what a gorgeous place to visit! and to sit and eat scones, have a rest then walk around and see those amazing flowers too, I hadn't heard of it before, this is another one that I have to visit, beautiful, voted up! cheers nell


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Nell, I hope you get to visit Lydney estate - it's a fabulous day out!

Thank you for stopping by, your comments and votes they are much appreciated!

Enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

So beautiful! I felt peace looking at the video and listening to the music that I love. I can´t remember who was singing. My tears came out. I don´t know why this music touches me so much everytime I hear it.

This is a lovely estate. It seems familiar to me. Maybe I was there before but I´m not sure. We used to travel in England in the 80´s and 90´s and saw a lot of beautiful estates with their gorgeous gardens. Thanks for SHARING. Awesome!


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Wonderful photography.... excellent detailing... a great hub.. Lesley...

Fine Skills... amazing craft


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Thelma, it's Louis Armstrong singing and it's one of my favourite songs.

Maybe you did visit this estate in the 80's or 90's we certainly do have some fabulous estates here.

Many thanks for your lovely comments and votes, best wishes and take care, Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you so much rahul - have a wonderful day and best wishes Lesley


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting. Well, we can safely say why your screen name is Movie Master because your video was a masterpiece of beauty and tranquility. Of course, the song choice with Louie Armstrong certainly helped in creating the ambiance of the scenes presented. Stunningly beautiful is the best description for this Hub.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello pagesvoice, thank you for visiting and your very complimentary comments and votes, they are much appreciated!

Enjoy your day and best wishes Lesley


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Lesley,

I am in awe. Absolutely lovely.

Voted up and away!

Take care :)

Sue


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sue, Many thanks for your lovely comments and votes, glad you enjoyed it!

Take care and best wishes Lesley


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

What a beautiful place and your hub is amazing! The video is perfect with the right music to the photos. Voted up, beautiful and interesting!

Tina


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

Just breathtaking, Lesley, I can only imagine what being there must have been like!! You have captured so much in your delightful video slideshow and the Azaleas and Rhododendrons are magnificent. I particularly like the spot in your closing slide, with the pink Azalea growing out over the pond and the stepping stones. What a magical garden, I am so excited and am looking forward to part two. All my votes and best wishes to you, and sharing.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Tina, thank you for stopping by to visit Lydney Park Estate, I am so pleased you enjoyed it, many thanks for your comments and votes!

Have a wonderful day and take care, Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Annie, how I would have loved to have taken you here - it's a photographers dream!

The colours were magnificent - the picture with the stepping stones and azalea is one of my favourites too, unfortunately the light was fading at this point and the clouds building up for more rain!

Thank you for visiting, your comments, votes and sharing it's much appreciated, take care my friend much love Lesley


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Wow now I would really have to go some to top this, and of course you know I will try, lol. I have one planned I hope to get up before summer ends that I look forward to myself since it is only in the dream process although of course I have the photos. I am seeing many more here at Hp into the flower photos too and I know you are like me having to check those out. Maybe I am a pessimist but I think one day, if we have no more beauties like this, I want as many photos as possible of all possible. Wouldn't whole wall shots of flower photos be fantastic?

Great as always if I didn't already make that clear! ^


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Jackie - my fellow flower friend and photographer! I shall look forward to your up and coming hub, I know it will be fantastic!

I agree, there can never be too many flower photos - I know you and I will certainly never tire of taking our pictures!

Thank you so much for your comments, take care and best wishes Lesley


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow...I really enjoy the video and the pictures of Lydney Park Estate. This place so beautiful. My friend, you have done a great job by share this hub with us. Voted up and shared. Cheers, Prasetio


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Prasetio, I hope all is well with you my friend, many thanks for stopping by, your comments and votes, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Lydney Park Estate.

Have a good week, best wishes Lesley


Derdriu 4 years ago

Movie Master, Of course, I love the first installment and wait in great anticipation for part two. Your video is very, very nice as are all of your descriptions and photos. I'm so glad that you and Nick were able to enjoy a pot o' tea with scones and -- yum, yum -- coffee sponge.

Up + UFABI. Shared.

Respectfully, and with many thanks for sharing, Derdriu


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Derdriu, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the video and photos, Lydney Park is a beautiful place to visit.

That coffee sponge was just delicious, I'm still thinking about it.....

Thank you for your comments and votes, have a wonderful weekend, best wishes Lesley


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Lesley,

There is a peacefulness that comes after reading your work and absorbing the beauty of your photography. Your video and musical accompaniment by Louis is exquisite.

I feel as though I have had a wonderful armchair vacation.

Voted UP & ABI. Hugs, Maria


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Maria, thank you for stopping by and your wonderful comments - you have just made my day!

Take care and best wishes Lesley


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Wow- absolutely beautiful. the pics, the video the Louis Armstrong song - what an experiences. I'll have to visit this place sometime it looks adorable. Thank you so much.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Docmo, many thanks for stopping by and your comments, Lydney Park Estate is a fabulous place to visit, I hope you get to see it sometime!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, best wishes Lesley


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

There is nothing like "A place of tranquil & natural beauty" with great pics to boot! Love Lou Armstrong! Voted up!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi audra, Lydney Park Estate is one of my favourite local places - it has a wonderful tranquil atmosphere and certainly plenty of natural beauty!

I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, many thanks for your comments and votes!

Have a fabulous day, best wishes Lesley


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joanveronica 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

Fantastic Hub! Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting. Will also share all over! Congratulations, the flowers are fabulous and your photos also!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello joanveronica, thank you so much for stopping by, your comments, votes and the share, it is much appreciated!

I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada

Lovely pictures - thanks so much for the armchair holiday! Loved the video! With hubs like this, you must spend most of your time online just answering comments :)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi RedElf, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading - receiving these wonderful complimentary comments just inspires me even more!!

Have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Hi Lesley,

Bravo! Bravo! You have used your professional movie making skills to create an absolutely stunning video that makes the viewer feel as though they are actually visiting Lydney Park Estate in all its glorious spring color!

I loved my movie visit to this beautiful estate and you used the video to truly showcase how special the grounds are.

Came here today through your new profile which was featuring this hub. (The profile looks fabulous, by the way). I'm sure many other visitors to your profile will be led into this amazing hub just as I was. Don't know how I missed it when it first came out, but I was thrilled to find it today.

Voted up except for funny and shared.

Sending Hub Hugs, Love and Blessings Your Way,

Gail


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Gail, we had a wonderful day at Lydney Park Estate, I took hundreds of photos - enough to write several more hubs!!

I think our new profile page is fabulous and the featured hubs a great idea, so am pleased you found this!

Thank you for your lovely comments, best wishes and hugs Lesley


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

It is no wonder that you have so many comments on this lovely hub about the Lydney Park Estate. The gardens are so gorgeous. It is wonderful that the weather cooperated on the day that you chose to visit. Thanks for taking all of your beautiful photos and sharing them with us in this manner. Up votes and sharing!


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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

Wow what a beautiful area! I wish I could live somewhere like this.

Voted up and more.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Peggy, Lydney Park Estate is a beautiful place to visit, I am already looking forward to visiting next Spring - I just wish it was open all year!

I'm so pleased you enjoyed the photos, thank you for your comments, votes and share!

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi jenzie, thank you for visiting Lydney Park Estate, glad you enjoyed it!

Best wishess Lesley


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eddy4me 4 years ago from Wales.

Just beautiful !!!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Eddy, what a wonderful start to my day, to be visited by my very dear friend - it's lovely to see you:-) x


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oliversmum 4 years ago from australia

Movie Master Hi. Oh my gosh Lydney Park Estate is incredibly beautiful.

The structure of the buildings.The photographs,video,the flowers and animals, what else can I say, It was wonderful from beginning to end.

Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Thumbs up and Awesome.:):)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi oliversmum, thank you for visiting Lydney Park Estate, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit, many thanks for your comments and votes.

Take care and have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What a wonderful hub ;I truly loved it and thank you for sharing.

Eddy.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Eddy, thank you for visiting, I'm so pleased you enjoyed it!

Take care and best wishes Lesley


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Your choice of music to accompany that incredible video was the perfect addition to the hub and a great way to start my day. I was captivated by your beautiful photos of the estate and your description of Lydney Park has me wishing for spring colors and a visit to the Tea Room. Wonderful!


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Peg, as I scrolled down to your comment, it was so nice to look at the blue sky and lovely flowers, I was back in spring for a few moments and forgot about all the snow we have here!

Thank you so much for your lovely comments, enjoy your day - perhaps see you later at Mike's for that cup of tea!!


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radhikasree 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

As always, your photos were once again catching my eyes. The colorful garden and the estate house together are so inviting that anyone would love to visit it. Cool snaps!

Voted up, beautiful and awesome. Sharing with my friends here.


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello radhikasree, thank you for visiting today, your votes and share, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, many thanks for your comments!

Best wishes Lesley


dreamseeker2 3 years ago

Wow!! thanks for sharing this with us, MM. : ) Loved the video and song by Jimmy Durante'. (not sure I spelled his name right). But also the history of the estate and its garden. I still want to visit England someday. It has always intrigued me. Will be sharing this on fb.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

So beautiful! I really would like to visit!


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi dreamseeker2, the song is sung by Louis Armstrong - beautiful isn't it!

I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit, it's almost that time of year again so I am looking forward to visiting the estate again.

Many thanks for your comments and share.

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Audrey, I wish you could visit, I would love to escort you to the estate!

Have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

One of my favorite songs coupled with my favorite flowers--lovely Lesley


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georgescifo 2 years ago from India

Really amazing collection of photos and appreciate the skill of the photographer and writer who wrote this interesting hub.


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Movie Master 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Audrey, it's always good to see you, thank you so much for visiting.

It's one of my favourite songs too!

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello George, thank you for your lovely comments, they are much appreciated, have a wonderful day.

Best wishes

Lesley


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada

Hi Lesley, What a beautiful piece you put together here. Been thinking about you, hope you are well, and out of winter's way.


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Movie Master 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello snakeslane, what a welcome visitor this morning, it's lovely to see you, I hope all is well with you.

All is good with me, looking forward to spring, hope the days are warming up for you, take care and best wishes Lesley


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poetryman6969 21 months ago

Love the photos of the beautiful grounds and flowers.


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Movie Master 21 months ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi poetryman, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Lyney Park Estate, I am already looking forward to visiting again in a few weeks time.

Have a wonderful day and many thanks for your comments.

Best wishes Lesley.

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