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As you seemed to have enjoyed yesterday's upload, here is another view taken on the same path going towards Gatcombe Park. This time the view is towards the little town of Nailsworth. On the right the beautifully coloured trees belong to HRH Princess Anne.

"Gatcombe Park is the private country home of the Princess Royal, situated in England between the Gloucestershire villages of Minchinhampton and Avening, five miles south of Stroud.

The house and farming estate were bought by Queen Elizabeth II in 1976 for Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips at the price of £5 Million. The previous owner was Lord Butler of Saffron Walden, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and a former Home Secretary, who had inherited the house from his father-in-law, Samuel Courtauld. Courtauld had acquired it from the Ricardo family, owners from 1814 (when the estate was bought by the political economist David Ricardo) to 1940.

The house was built from 1771 to 1774 for Edward Sheppard, a local clothier, and altered for Ricardo to the designs of George Basevi (a relation), c. 1820. It features Bath stone construction, and comprises five main bedrooms, four secondary bedrooms, four reception rooms, a library, a billiard room and a conservatory, as well as staff accommodation. It was renovated and redecorated for Princess Anne and Captain Phillips, and they moved into it in November 1977. In 1978 the land was increased by the purchase of the adjoining Aston Farm. The Gatcombe Estate now covers around 730 acres (3 km≤), of which 200 acres (0.8 km≤) are woodland, and includes a lake containing brown trout. There are considerable stabling facilities, including a new stable block.

Today the Princess Royal lives in the manor-house with her second husband, Rear-Admiral Timothy Laurence. Mark Phillips lives in the adjoining Aston Farm with his second wife.

The grounds host a biannual craft fair with around 160 exhibitors, in May and October." (Wikipedia)

f16 1/15sec camera secure on a tripod zoom at 35mm just a touch of Photofiltre at the end

Thank you for your comments on my recent uploads. Comments and critique welcome.

Have a good evening,


Tags: Gloucestershire Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel Avening Gatcombe

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mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1725 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2007 7:49PM
How the other half live... With their variously reorganised other halves. Lovely image, heart of England as it should be.

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robincoombes 10 1 5 Wales
25 Oct 2007 7:51PM
English countryside at its best beautiful captured and given meaning by the text

Grim1 10 49 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2007 7:56PM
Great image. I imagine there's a fairly awesome cross country course too - he designs them, doesn't he?
SRSmith 10 1 United States
25 Oct 2007 7:57PM
A superb shot, Jean. The fall color and atmosphere really come through.
jaktis Plus
13 84 Sweden
25 Oct 2007 8:00PM
Some interesting information and a nice landscape

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
25 Oct 2007 8:01PM
Glorious view of these hadwood trees ---showing their best atumnal colors!

Incredible view. very well done. Top notch
Hop-A-Long 10 52 1 England
25 Oct 2007 8:34PM
Once again superb light. Love the view.
rmr 10 1 Wales
25 Oct 2007 8:46PM
superb colours
phototime 11 8 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2007 9:06PM
Beautiful english countryside and that is wonderful,lovely composition and colours.

nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
25 Oct 2007 9:24PM
Lovely shot, great colours.
25 Oct 2007 9:25PM
Lovely autumn colours, nice light,
derekv 10 3 England
25 Oct 2007 10:23PM
Superb shot Jean -Noel, lovely colours. Great information, too.
derekv 10 3 England
25 Oct 2007 10:23PM
Superb shot Jean-Noel, lovely colours and lighting. Great information, too.
phil_j 11 134 4 England
26 Oct 2007 12:00AM
Fantastic collection of colours.

TyChee 12 275 1 United States
26 Oct 2007 1:27AM
Beautiful scenery and colors.
bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2007 8:06AM
Another lovely composition. Thank you for the background information too.

panda 13 5 1 England
26 Oct 2007 10:55AM
Nice landscape with interesting lighting.

Regards Phil
Maiwand 10 3 72 England
26 Oct 2007 11:03AM
English countryside at its very best Jean. Shown at the very best season too.
Herge88 Plus
10 40 4 England
26 Oct 2007 12:12PM
Another lovely rural English scene.

Best Matt
Digicat 10 127
26 Oct 2007 6:40PM
I do like subtle Smile
MandsH 10 England
26 Oct 2007 7:21PM
So beautiful, almost a 3d effect with all the layers of trees
fatmod 11 22 England
26 Oct 2007 7:42PM
lovely capture
robway 12 318 Wales
26 Oct 2007 8:03PM
Lighting is lovely highlighting the beautiful Engish countryside.
piccy 11 8 Wales
26 Oct 2007 8:05PM
Very nice autumn woodland.
Thank you very much. I love this area and I'm so pleased you appreciate it too. Jean-NoŽl

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