The famous 18th Century landscaper Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown changed the face of 18th Century England, designing and reshaping country estates and mansions with his iconic serpentine lakes, rolling hills and parkland. One of the finest examples of his work is the landscaped parkland of Blenheim Palace near Woodstock in Oxfordshire. The parkland here looks natural yet was shaped and planned by the great man. Brown took care to preserve woodland at Blenheim with ancient trees dating back to the 12th Century. This woodland is the oldest in Europe and features on one of the estate’s Park walks.
Your perfect B&B base for exploring Blenheim Palace, Park House Bed and Breakfast in the Oxfordshire village of Bladon sits on the South West side of Blenheim Park’s grounds! Book a weekend break and explore the self-guided Park walk. Discover how the park has changed over the last 300 years since Brown designed it. On certain days visitors will be able to view the park in the way Brown intended via horse and carriage rides.
Book a stay at Park House Bed and Breakfast and you’re within easy walking distance of the park entrance. Choose from three stunning double ensuite bedrooms all with free WiFi, digital TV and a delicious cooked to order breakfast included.
Park House is just 1 mile from Woodstock with its fine choice of independent shops and restaurants. Bladon village’s local inn is a short stroll away and the B&B is just opposite Bladon Church, the historic burial site of Sir Winston Churchill.
Blenheim is hosting a range of events and activities marking the 300th anniversary in honour of ‘Capability Brown’s life and work. Head off on the free trail around Blenheim Palace’s parkland which features a series of specially created boards offering information on Brown’s views and vistas created from 1763 to 1774. Leaflet guides are available from the East Courtyard Visitor Centre or download a map of the self-guided trail on Blenheim Palace’s website.
During this 300th anniversary year many special events are taking place at country estates, mansions and other venues where Capability Brown left his mark such as Chatsworth House in the Peak District and the National Trust’s Petworth Park in the West Sussex Downs. Find out more on the official ‘Capability Brown’ website.