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MAY-JUN 2018

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Castle Howard Coneysthorpe, Yorkshire Castle Howard, an English baroque manse with a massive central dome, consists of 145 rooms filled with fine tapestries, furniture, and paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, Thomas Gainsborough, and Joshua Reynolds, among others. "A palace, a town, a fortified city," gushed Horace Walpole upon seeing the immense structure for the first time. Construction began in 1699 under the 3rd Earl of Carlisle, who enlisted a friend, dramatist Sir John Vanbrugh, to design the castle. Completed more than a century later, long after the earl's death in 1738, it has been home to a branch of the Howard family for more than 300 years. Second only in size to Blenheim Palace, the estate is known to film and television audiences as the set for several movies, as well as the 1980s TV miniseries Brideshead Revisited (an adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's book by the same name). Within the Capability Brown–designed parkland (Brown is considered the most influential English landscape designer of the 18th century), head gardener Alastair Gunn and 10 others oversee 1,000 acres of gardens. The team cheerfully copes with the challenges of Yorkshire's sometimes capricious climate, while following Gunn's directive "to try to provide the color the public always comes to see." He explains that his overarching task at the moment is restoring the Rose Garden. His team is in the process of removing some of its 2,000 roses, mixing old with new varieties. "People come for historic landscapes and grand monumental gardens. Some come for roses; others, for vegetables. We have to be aware of it all," says Gunn. After a house tour, which sets the stage for under standing the grand scale of life here through the ages, visitors in a hurry should hop the little open-air train that toots all around the property for a glimpse of the important gardens. More leisurely guests can wend their way through multiple botanical and sculptural venues on foot.

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