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Lydney Park Estate in Glorious Spring Colour

Updated on June 29, 2012
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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      Movie Master 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Love the photos of the beautiful grounds and flowers.

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      Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Verlie Burroughs 3 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 3 years ago from United Kingdom

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

      Best wishes

      Lesley

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      Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      georgescifo 3 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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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

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

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      So beautiful! I really would like to visit!

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      dreamseeker2 4 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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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      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

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 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 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Peg Cole 4 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

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

      Take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

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

      Eddy.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      oliversmum 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Eddy Jones 5 years ago from Wales.

      Just beautiful !!!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

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

      Best wishess Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      jennzie 5 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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      Peggy Woods 5 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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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Gail Sobotkin 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      RedElf 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      iamaudraleigh 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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

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      Mohan Kumar 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Maria Jordan 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Derdriu 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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

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      prasetio30 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Jackie Lynnley 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Annie Fenn 5 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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      Christina Lornemark 5 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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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

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

      Take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Lesley,

      I am in awe. Absolutely lovely.

      Voted up and away!

      Take care :)

      Sue

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

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

      Enjoy your day and best wishes Lesley

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      Dennis L. Page 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

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

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

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

      Fine Skills... amazing craft

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      Thelma Alberts 5 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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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Nell Rose 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      mecheshier 5 years ago

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

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      Bill De Giulio 5 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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      Rebecca Mealey 5 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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      Mary Strain 5 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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      Mary Craig 5 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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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Joseph De Cross 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

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

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      stessily 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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

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      stessily 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Nithya Venkat 5 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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      Sheila Brown 5 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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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Suzette Walker 5 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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      Brenda Barnes 5 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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      Kamalesh050 5 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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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

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

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

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

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

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

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      sofs 5 years ago

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

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      IAmForbidden 5 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.