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Burton Agnes Hall and gardens
My visit - July 2004
By: psilo 
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Burton Agnes Hall and gardens can be found near the east coast of England, 5 miles outside Bridlington. The Hall is a beautiful Elizabethan house famous for its carvings, paintings, porcelain and furniture. The house now has charitable status and is in the hands of the trustees but the present owners, the Cunliffe-Listers oversee the restoration work. The house is open to the public.
The house is very impressive and is well worth a visit. However, it is the gardens that attract most of the visitors. The gardens are a mixture of formal and informal. Directly surrounding the house the gardens are formal, with highly maintained yew topiary, grand statues and fountains. You get the feeling though that the owners do have a sense of humour as placed randomly there are statues and craftwork that has you smiling. The geese on the lawn in this photo and the statue of the man running away are just two examples.
There are many fountains here both in the formal and informal gardens. Many of them take the form of children and are very beautiful. This fountain is set in a formal pond with waterlillies and koi carp in it.
Across the formal lawn there is quite a large walled garden. A wonderful brick archway and iron wrout gate draws you into a garden that is as colourful as it is varied. The garden is divided into many different sections and rooms and constantly leaves you guessing as you turn the next cornor. In many of the rooms there are board games such as draughts and snakes and ladders built into the floor. A great distraction, especially for the children. There is also a yew maze which seemed to be a great favourite with children and adults alike.
Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens has a very interesting history. For further information visit:

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