Next Vacation, Why Not Rent Some History?

We felt as if we had stepped into an 18th century English landscape painting. Set in rolling green sheep pastures, the Gothic Temple at Stowe was built in 1741 as an addition to the gardens created for Richard Temple, a politically ambitious soldier also known as Lord Cobham, who served under the Duke of Marlborough. That same year, Capability Brown--whose work formed the basis for Tom Stoppard's hit play Arcadia--arrived as gardener and helped pioneer the naturalistic landscape. Thanks to the Landmark Trust, the temple and its beautiful surroundings were ours for the weekend.

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