The half-timbered Jacobean Ascott House started life as a modest hunting box and then country retreat back in the late 1800s when Leopold de Rothschild set his sights on it but later became much grander as successive family members made their mark. Now it houses an amazing collection of works of art with some spectacular examples of French furniture. Anthony de Rothschild is credited with the lovely collection of 400 pieces of Chinese ceramics plus some fine English furniture. The house’s wonderful portraits and paintings include those by Gainsborough, Romney Reynolds and Stubbs – liberally dotted amongst the lavish rooms. Outside, clipped hedges, topiary and flowering shrubs frame a typical English estate. But this one was created for love – Leopold de Rothschild had it laid out by garden designer Sir Harry Veitch in 1902 as a wedding present to his wife and the topiary sundial states in clipped yew: “Light and shade by turn, but love always'.
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|Opening Times:||12 Mar to 28 Apr, Tue to Sun, 30 Apr to 25 Jul, Tue to Thu, 30 Jul to 6 Sep, Tue to Sun, 14:00-18:00. Open BH Mons & Good Friday. Last admission 1 hour before closing.|
|Admission:||NT Members Free. NT Member pay on NGS days. See NT website for admission prices.|
|Location:||Half a mile east of Wing, two miles south west of Leighton Buzzard on A418.|
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