If you happen to be in the Esher area of Surrey, be sure to pop along to see one of the county's most attractive hidden gems at Claremont Landscape Garden. It offers visitors a unique atmosphere of serenity combined with historic interest, and based at a Surrey hotel like The Talbot Inn in Woking or Warren Lodge Hotel in Shepperton it's a great place to come on a summer afternoon.
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Nearby Claremont Fan Court School used to be the stately pile of Claremont House, and the present gardens were created for that estate. The garden dates from the reign of Queen Anne and is one of the finest examples of this kind of early English landscaped garden. Some of the horticulturalists who lavished their exquisite skills on its creation are household names. They include the likes of Capability Brown and Sir John Vanbrugh. Its original function was simply to act as an elegant backdrop to country parties, an environment in which friends could stroll at their leisure in beautiful surroundings whilst musicians played Baroque set pieces in the background. Based at a local Surrey guesthouse or hotel, you can still pick up on that eminently civilised ambience to this day.
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Claremont Landscape Garden has an irresistible love story attached to it, and a royal one to boot. Back in 1816, Princess Charlotte married Prince Leopold, the future Saxe-Coburg king of Belgium. They moved into none other than Claremont House and loved the garden, but tragically Charlotte died in childbirth 18 months later. Her grieving husband owned the garden and house for the rest of his life, so spare a though for the ill-fated and star-crossed lovers when you stroll in the garden from your Surrey hotel or bed and breakfast. The young Princess Victoria, later queen of England, visited the estate. She was a niece of Leopold and her own love affair with Albert contains resonances of the same doomed match.
It's easy to find Claremont Landscape Garden from your Surrey hotel base, so be sure to pay a visit.