Duchess Of Bedford Portrait, so many glamorous ladies at this iconic venue. Welcomed us to the space for pre afternoon Tea
Our view of the Terrace was sublime, soft cotswold stone and italianate styling felt very mediteranean. Sadly rather warm so I decided to stay inside!
Glorious view of the Abbey from the side as I walked to the Sculpture Gallery
Felt so special to be included in this invite only event. We were invited to attend to learn a little of the History of Afternoon Tea . Created in this rather palatial house. Originally held at 4 pm to help ladies get through the time between lunch and late evening dinner. Delicate but sustaining. Finger sandwiches an inch wide filled with light but protein filled savories. A scone, or two with lashings of Jam and clotted cream. Piled on tall enough to touch your nose when you bite into it!!! and then to finish some delicate little bites all with endless cups of tea in fine bone china tea cups, of course!
Obsessed with the plasterwork in the Sculpture Gallery.not so much with teh chairs,these I am assured wil be updated soon
Sultana scones with Jam and lashings of cream ,sublime. Perfect amount of cream to Jam delicious
Deer resplendant in the grounds as you arrive. Herds of deer wander free and enjoy this luscious landscape
Loved the lavender edging on the gravel pathways
Service was so smooth with extra tea as required. What a view
Our talk on history of Tea by the Duchesses own Butler was heaven and so inspiring
Three tiered stands allows for sandwiches, scones and petit fours
Glorious long view of the Sculpture Gallery where we took Tea.
Our guide book full of treasures
History of Tea created by the Duchess of Bedford to avaoid the sinking feeling mid afternoon
The grotto a perfect place to stop and dine
Table set for a Queen.Had to stop and catch my breath when I saw this amazing tablescape. Pretty yet imposing