If you get to the area, a visit to Charlecote Park is a must! Charlecote and its 185 acres deer park has been home to the Lucy family since the 12th century. The original house, which overlooks the River Avon, was built by Sir Thomas Lucy in the 1550's, and Queen Elizabeth I stayed in the room that is now the drawing room. The house as seen today looks Elizabethan but much of it is largely Victorian. In 1823 George Hammond Lucy inherited the house and after removing the changes made by successive generations set about recreating the house in the original style. The general outline of the Elizabethan house remains.
Though the grounds and park were open to the public, the house itself was closed, not re-opening until 8th February - shame we were a week too early!
V1 is a telephoto shot looking down the drive. The section in the middle with the clocktower is the gatehouse, and as you pass through the archway you are facing the house itself, seen in V2. Turning round through 180° you are looking back at the gatehouse (V3).
Single Raw images processed in Adobe Camera Raw 7, tweaked in Photomatix Pro 4 and Photoshop Elements 11.
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