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Corsham Court


Corsham Court is one of England's finest stately homes. Since the existing Elizabethan manor was bought by Paul Methuen in the mid-eighteenth-century Corsham Court was intended to be both a residence and art gallery.

Paul Methuen began transforming the house into a setting for his collection of Italian and Flemish paintings. The interiors were laid out as a suite of magnificent Georgian staterooms and Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown was commissioned to design a picture gallery. The unique triple cube picture gallery would go on to display the famous Methuen/Sanford art collection featuring Old Masters by Van Dyck, Carlo Dolci and Lippi.

The formal gardens feature long herbaceous borders, a lily pond, box hedging, rose garden and stone bath house. There are a number of mature magnolias which provide a spectacle early in the year, when a succession of flowering bulbs carpet the informal glades.

Beyond the formal gardens lies parkland landscaped by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and Humphry Repton. The parkland features a 13-acre lake, ornamental arch and areas of woodland.

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