History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The Tudor building was renovated by George Devey for Leopold de Rothschild and over the next 75 years the house was enlarged and remodelled as a showcase for the family collections of Oriental porcelain, paintings, and fine furniture.
The house is set in enjoyable gardens, composed of an unusual mix of formal Victorian and 20th century informal plantings, a mix of trees, shrubs, and informal walks. Much of this was laid out from 1902 by Leopold de Rotschild, as a wedding gift for his wife, though the designs were by Sir Harry Veitch.
Other highlights in the garden include a magnolia dell and a curving Serpentine walk leading to a Lily Pond. This is a beautiful oval pond that was designed to be a skating area in winter. On one side is a thatched Skating Hut, designed by George Devey.
I've seldom met a more friendly group of room stewards than at Ascott; our family was treated like treasured guests, and made to feel so much at home that by the end of our exploration we felt like old family friends. The artwork at Ascott is exceptional, but what is even more appealing was the relaxed atmosphere of the house. This is not an opulent showpiece house, but a comfortable family retreat. It just happens to be full of some of the finest art and furniture in the country!
About Ascott House
Address: Wing, Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire, England, LU7 0PR
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: 2 m SW Leighton Buzzard, on A418
Website: Ascott House
Phone: 01296 688 242
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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