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Wednesday 8 July
The Evolution of the Claremont Landscape
Comfort, Convenience and Taste ; Capability Brown and Henry Holland at Claremont House
The Brompton Library, 210 Old Brompton Road, London SW5
Saturday 11 July
Train departs for Esher, Surrey
Visit to the Homewood
The Homewood is a masterpiece of Modernist design; it was the architect Patrick Gwynne’s first house, designed in 1937 for his parents and where he himself lived all his life. The concrete structure allows for spacious interiors which are filled with striking and ingenious furniture. The spectacular wall of glass in the sitting room fulfills his desire to integrate the house with the gardens and its wooded landscape setting.
Visit to Claremont Landscape Garden
Described as the noblest of any in Europe the gardens at Claremont, with the Belvedere Tower, turfed amphitheatre and lake, are one of the earliest surviving examples of the eighteenth-century landscape garden, created by some of the great names in garden design – Charles Bridgeman, Sir John Vanbrugh and William Kent with modifications by Capability Brown.
Private visit to Claremont House with Pamela Rider, Claremont Fan Court School
Claremont House and estate was bought by Clive of India in 1768. He commissioned a new house from Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown who, helped by his young assistant Henry Holland, created a practical and convenient home with elegant and refined neo-classical interiors which was finished in 1774. It was later home to Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold.
Train departs for London (arriving at 5.22pm)