Thursday, 25 June 2015

Painshill Park

Painshill Park SurreyRolling hills, wide open spaces and unique features around every corner, Painshill Park is pretty much a playground for adults.  Located in Surrey, the award winning landscape garden is somewhere I've been meaning to visit for quite some time and now that I have finally made my way there during this beautiful month of June, I'm pleased to say it very much lived up to my expectations!

Painshill Park Surrey
Painshill Park SurreyBefore exploring the 158 acre land, sandwiches and cold drinks were enjoyed - should I have opted for a hot drink?  Probably.  I have a terrible habit of overestimating the temperature and then spending hours upon hours morphing into an ice cube.  Thankfully, the weather changed dramatically over the time it took me to wolf down a tuna sandwich and I was soon able to admire the sweeping vineyards in complete sunshine.

Moving on and deeper into the 18th century landscape garden, there seemed to be a never-ending supply of unusual architecture and unique features. The garden was created between 1738 and 1773 as the artistic vision of the Honourable Charles Hamilton (9th son and 14th child of the 6th Earl of Abercorn) and it's a vision of pure romance and tranquility - two of the greatest elements, in my opinion!

Painshill Park Surrey
Painshill Park Surrey
Painshill Park Surrey
Local wildlife with an excellent sense of pedestrian etiquette.. 
Interestingly, Charles Hamilton was inspired by the Renaissance and visits to Italy on the Grand Tour and through these inspirations decided to create a 'tranquil landscape setting enriched by follies, water, shrubberies and a vineyard'.  Well, I can confirm his vision was well and truly achieved - there's a huge amount to admire and is even the kind of place that leaves you hankering for more and wondering whether you appreciated it as best as you could.


Blouse - Karen Millen (as seen in profile photo!)


Shoes - Dune Finchy Sandals

Sunglasses - Bally


Painshill Park Surrey

Painshill Park Surrey
During my visit, I fell in love multiple times with various forms of wildlife and it was only once I'd returned home that I discovered Painshill Park has become a release site for rescued birds - excuse me as I wipe this mysterious drop of water away from my eye..

Painshill Park Surrey

Painshill Park Surrey
With regard to 'follies and features', there's an abundance of unique designs and I really mean unique. The list of 18th century follies include The Ruined Abbey, Turkish Tent, Gothic Temple and Gothic Tower.  The Turkish Tent is like nothing I've ever seen before and certainly seemed to attract a fair amount of attention from visitors.  Having said that, the ultimate feature at Painshill Park is without a doubt the incredible Crystal Grotto.  Recently restored, it consists of hundreds of thousands of crystals including calcite and quartz - it's enough to make you want to change into a floor length tulle-netted dress and set up camp there for life.  If you think that sounds mad, you really need to visit the place!

Painshill Park Surrey 
Painshill Park Surrey

Painshill Park Surrey

By the time the exit was in sight, I entirely understood and appreciated Hamilton's vision - it's one of romance and idealism.  Speaking of which, he had even put out an advert in the local paper to find a 'hermit' willing to live in his grounds as he felt it would add to this vision, although quite hilariously, his hired hermit was found just three weeks later in a local pub and subsequently dismissed!  

Painshill Park Surrey
Painshill Park SurreyEven now, back at home, I'm still amazed by how much there was to see at Painshill Park - the only place I can possibly liken it to is the incredible Stourhead (see my post on the National Trust destination here).  If you're thinking of visiting Painshill Park, my suggestion would be to visit on a beautifully sunny day with good company and a pair of comfortable shoes on - there's a lot to explore!

ps. there are some events taking place this summer that are just as unique as the landscape garden itself - take a look at their What's On page.

Painshill Park Surrey
Painshill Park Surrey

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Oh my gosh what a lovely place and your photos are absolutely stunning !!!!

    Haven't been blogging for a while but I'm back now. Missed catching up !
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  2. gorgeous location and look
    so beautiful blouse
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  3. Such beautiful photos! The geese are so cute! Your top is pretty! :)

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    1. Thank you, the top is by Karen Millen - I just can't get enough of peplum waists!

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  4. Sandwiches, cold drinks, & a stunning view? Sounds like heaven to me. Inspiration to explore more. :]

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    1. Ah, a girl after my own heart! So glad this is giving you itchy feet Carmen :)

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  5. Wow, this feels like a scene in a Monet or something. What resplendent grounds! I'd love to spend a day or three exploring, actually I wouldn't mind having this place all to myself. Thanks for sharing. I'm adding it to my bucketlist.

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    1. What a compliment, though I agree - it truly is a stunning location! You're very welcome, I hope you make it here at some point and love it as much as I do :)

      Gabrielle x

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  6. what a lovely post with such gorgeous pics! And your outfit is beautiful! You look amazing xx

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    1. Thank you Hollie - Karen Millen doesn't seem to ever put a foot wrong!

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  7. This is absolutely gorgeous :D

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  8. The park sounds absolutely amazing, and the fact that it's a release site for rescued birds makes the place so so so much more meaningful. As for his vision, I can definitely agree with you that he's achieved it; the place looks so wonderful and tranquil; the landscape is so green and the flowers so beautiful! The Crystal Grotto, though, gave me chills. It looks AMAZING! I'd take up the job to be Painshill Park's hermit any day! Definitely a place I'll visit when I do stop by England one day!

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    1. I love that you mentioned that as it really did bring a tear (of happiness!) to my eye, it's just adorable! Painshill Park truly is a tranquil space and the Crystal Grotto more so than any other part :)

      ps. send your CV to the park and you never know, you could be the new resident hermit! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  9. This place looks great and I really like your each photo from this park, Gabrielle and btw,this Crystal Grotto looks stunning!

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    1. Thanks so much Ivonne, that's lovely to hear!

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  10. Incredible photos, really living the life!

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  11. Great photos <3 Lovely places! :)

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  12. It's beautiful, I love the caves part, that looks great to explore inside :)) Wonderful. Happy weekend xx

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    1. The Crystal Grotto really is just a striking feature of Painshill Park :)

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  13. As usual, stunning pictures and places, like seriously, you have so much fun, Gabrielle! I love your posts they are full of joy and life! Hope you are having a great week! xx

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    1. Thank you so much for this wonderful message, María! I'm so glad you're enjoying my blog - have a fantastic week ahead!

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  14. Such a romantic place, I can picture myself living there and doing nothing but read books while enjoying the view.

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    1. 'Romantic' is the appropriate word, it's such a dreamy place to walk around!

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  15. It certainly looks like a tranquil place with so many unique features and so much to explore and admire. I can't believe I haven't heard about Painshill Park before as it's definitely my kind of place. Added to my list! Enjoy the weekend.

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    1. I'm really pleased to hear you've added Painshill Park to your list of places to visit, you're guaranteed to love it! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  16. Such a stunning park and stunning post lovely. I definitely need to check out more UK Parks... wer're so lucky here :)

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    1. Thanks very much Elle! I agree, when you look around, England really is a beautiful place!

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  17. really beautiful place!!

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    1. So glad you think so too!

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  18. Wow, I had never heard of this place - the Turkish tent is amazing and how nice that it's also a release centre for rescued birds

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    1. Happy to have introduced you to this location, Suze! I agree, it makes me look at the images of the birds in an entirely new way :)

      Gabrielle x

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  19. What a beautiful place, the photography is amazing
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  20. Can't believe we've never been there - frankly I've never heard of it! Thank you so much for introducing me to this gorgeous place, will definitely be going there soon. x

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    1. I'm happy to have been able to introduce you to the location, Natalia, it's great to hear you'll be visiting!

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  21. The park grounds are beautiful but wow is that Crystal Grotto stunning! I would imagine the restoration process was quite painstaking but the result is totally worth it!

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    1. I'm with you there, I could have spent hours upon hours in the Crystal Grotto :)

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  22. So pretty - especially that white bridge.

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    1. It truly is a spectacular place!

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  23. Amazing!!!

    Have a nice day!
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  24. The picture looks great! I love your long beautiful hair!

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  25. Nice pictures :)

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  26. i love your style and your smile! :) your smile especially! ;) great pics honey! :)
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  27. Just beautiful! Totally adore YOU and your style, love! Those pictures are truly beautiful, just like you!
    Happy weekend!
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  28. Wow, sounds like another absolutely incredible experience and those caves are to die for. It's safe to say we're in love with every single photo!!

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  29. Very pretty photos - you look great!!
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  30. You're so pretty, I'm speechless <3 Love your hair and you style!
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    1. You're so lovely, thank you Franziska - you've made my day :)

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  31. Gorgeous park! So many interesting aspects to it! You look amazing

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    1. It really is a spectacular place to spend the day and thank you!

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  32. Wow, this looks so pretty!
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  33. This place is stunning. The landscape is gorgeous and that cave is truly enchanting. I belive you had a wonderful trip.

    xx
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    1. I loved every second of visiting Painshill Park, I can definitely recommend the place!

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  34. I have been here! I went on a school trip when I was little! I have been meaning to go back, it's stunning! I'm glad you had a lovely time!
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    1. Oh my gosh, what are the chances! I hope you find the time to re-visit at some point Stacey :)

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  35. parks like these are my favourite to explore, your photos are gorgeous and the little cave looks so interesting. i'd love to visit there someday x
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    1. You and me both, there's always to much to stumble upon and discover!

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  36. What a wonderful and scenic place! This Crystal Grotto looks incredible! Lovely photos!

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    1. The Crystal Grotto was certainly a highlight of my visit!

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  37. What a wonderful and scenic place! This Crystal Grotto looks incredible! Lovely photos!

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  38. 9th son and 14th child? The poor mother! No wonder he wanted a space of tranquility, I can only imagine how life at their home must have been like with 14 children.

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    1. I know, Painshill Park could well be the outcome of a lifetime of suffocation haha!

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  39. your pictures are beautiful! Love this so much.
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  40. Oh wow, the Crystal Grotto is stunning! I could see how peaceful and serene the park is. Looking at these pictures make me want to pack up, move and build a tent there.

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    1. Couldn't agree with you more.. you set up the tent and I'll bring the cake! ;)

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  41. These photos are so gorgeous! Love the location!

    xo Lauren
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  42. Wonderful place and photos!

    Have a lovely weekend :)
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  43. Wow, what a wonderful place. Your pictures are so beautiful. *__*
    Have a nice weekend...

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    1. Thank you Vanessa, I had a lot of fun photographing this place!

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  44. Oh wow this place looks amazing! I love the cave - it looks gorgeous and the shot of the geese crossing the pathway is so cute. You looked lovely too! I must try and get to these amazing places you've been sharing! - Tasha

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    1. The Crystal Grotto really needs to be seen to be believed - it's just incredible! Thank you Tasha and I hope you do!

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  45. The Crystal Grotto is certainly the most beautiful feature! Such a unique beautiful sight, nature is indeed the best when it comes to surprises as such...
    xo

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    1. Unique it most certainly is! Thanks for stopping by!

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  46. This looks like a lovely place to have drinks! Beautiful pictures.
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    1. Cold drinks, like lemonade.. right? ;) Thanks!

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  48. Wow it looks so beautiful here! I love the little stream or pond and the bridge that goes over it! I can imagine that it would be so peaceful here. Plus, it is a great place to take pictures! You look just as, if not lovelier than the park :)
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    1. You're right, Painshill really is a spectacularly peaceful and relaxing place to be and like you've said, it's a great place to take photos as well haha :) How sweet, thank you Olivia!

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  49. Beautiful photos, you are very pretty. Love your hair!

    xx Falasha
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  50. Beautiful place, perfect for relax!
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  51. the park looks nice! Seriously, you need to introduce me to more of attractions of UK since I have never been anywhere T_T I really want to go to botanic garden but I guess it's only in London?

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    1. That sounds like the perfect plan! Ah, whenever someone mentions botanic gardens I'm reminded of my favourite one in Switzerland.. but yes, however I'm sure there're others - I'll have a look around and get back to you :)

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  52. What a beautiful place! And the grotto looks fascinating to me. You're lucky to have visited this amazing park.

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    1. I certainly felt fortunate to be there - it's such a tranquil environment!

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  53. Girl, I'm lovin the photos! Everything looked nice and it seems so relaxing! <3

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  54. Oh wow, you look so pretty in this pictures my dear! And that place is amazing :D

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  56. This place looks so beautiful! I would love to visit that cave and the gardens look so pretty :)

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  57. wow! these location are a dream
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  58. wow, this a very nice place, I love the shoots, beautiful gardens.
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  59. absolutely gorgeous!
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  60. these images got to be the nicest one i've seen so far today! you're gorgeous girl xo

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  61. Wow that place is so ROMANTIC! The crystal grotto looks so cool. I've never been anywhere like that before!

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    1. I completely agree with you there! Ah, there's just so much to see in the world..

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  62. Your so pretty, just love your hair!!

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  63. This place looks so so beautiful, and that grotto looks incredible! You look beautiful as always :) x
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    1. The Crystal Grotto felt like something out of a fairytale story and thank you Isabella! :)

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  64. Beautiful photos! You look lovely and the park looks amazing, I'll definitely have to visit as I don't think it's too far from me :) xx

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    1. Thanks Nevena! That's so great to hear, I hope you love it as much as I have done! :)

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  65. Looks like a gorgeous place to be on a sunny day x

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    1. Absolutely - perfect for a summertime visit!

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  66. Looks beautiful! Like a Jane Austen Land + a crystal grotto:)

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    1. What a wonderful way of putting it!

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  67. The landscape and wildlife is absolutely gorgeous! I love the picture of the bridge. It's so beautiful Gabrielle. Thanks for sharing. It's picturesque indeed.
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    1. There's nothing more charming than seeing some geese cross the path before you haha :) Thank you Kim and have a lovely week.

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  68. So wonderful. So beautiful. I love how old it is too. Great pictures.

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  69. Beautiful location. You always capture beautiful pictures.
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  70. Absolutely gorgeous! I'd looove to visit! The view is amazing really!
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