...to The Menagerie. Once part of Coombe Abbey.
What you see here is the 18th Century, Grade II listed lodge which is part of The Menagerie. Designed by Henry Holland and built to replicate the menagerie at the Palace of Versailles. What looks like an observatory once had two grand hexagonal rooms which were used for entertaining. It overlooks the lake with gardens designed by Capability Brown.
It was built for Coombe Abbey’s Craven family as a garden folly and menagerie, where they could keep animals and bring visitors to on summer days. The present owners suggest that there is no evidence of animals ever living there except for a 16ft-18ft high wall that encircles the garden right down into the lake.
Yesterday I posted a view from the lake. Above is the view from the lodge across the former deer park. The lodge is behind me. For a long period of time the property was derelict and sadly if suffered from vandalism. In 2004 it was divided in to 5 lots and sold. So there we have 'The Menagerie'.
Taking part in Our World Tuesday,