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In 1873 Baron Mayer de Rothschild bought the ninety acres of land at Ascott near Wing. At it's core lies the heart of a half timbered Jacobean farmhouse said to date from 1606.
A year after its purchase, nephew Leopold de Rothschild took over the house using it as his hunting lodge before subsequently transforming and enlarging it into a substantial Edwardian country residence.
The extensive gardens surrounding Ascott House are a luxurious emerald cocktail of formal and natural styles. Long herbaceous borders, water lily ponds, topiary avenues and sunken gardens radiate from the terraced lawns that look across the Chilterns.
This is a garden that was created in the name of love. Leopold de Rothschild was apparently a bit of an old romantic and had the gardens laid out in 1902 by the esteemed Chelsea nurseryman Sir Harry Veitch as a wedding present to his wife, in celebration of their devotion.
The motto surrounding the topiary sundial echoes the whispers of their affection with the words " Light and shade by turn, but love always" inscribed forever in golden Yew.
Halfway down the herbaceous borders of the Madeira walk you discover the first of the Ascott fountains by sculptor Thomas Waldo Story, who also designed the Fountain of Love at Cliveden.
The dramatic Bravura Venus depicts the bronze goddess of love, born of the seas, riding on the back of a turtle within a Siena marble shell. The shell is drawn by Triton and two incredible winged sea horses. It's nothing short of a fabulous piece of garden bling if I ever saw one!
Thomas Waldo Story's elegant Cupid Fountain can be found in the magnificent Dutch garden with its immaculate Victorian beds, where the son of Venus rises gracefully into the early Autumn skies.
It brings a whole new literal meaning to putting love into a garden.
Are you feeling the love?
Wing, Nr Leighton Buzzard