LONGLEAT – A Magnificent House & Estate

Historical Wiltshire

Longleat House Longleat house stands on the site of a medieval priory of the Black Canons. At the time of the dissolution of the religious houses it was bought by Sir John Thynne, who lived there till it was burnt down in 1567. He spent twelve years supervising the construction of the magnificent house which has been home to his family ever since. It was built using the then newly-popular Italian style, and a descendant of Sir John, the fourth marquesss of Bath, employed Italian craftsmen to make the internal decorations and the furniture match.

In the eighteenth century the celebrated landscape gardner, ‘Capability’ Brown was employed to lay out the formal gardens, orangery, and terraces. This he did with his usual genius and complete lack of regard for cost.

The present Marquess of Bath has turned the inner section of the estate into a wildlife park. The Lions of Longleat are now famous worldwide.

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