National Park Lyme Park

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Lyme Park is an estate and park in the county of Cheshire, England, near Disley. The principal feature of the park is Lyme Hall, which became well known as the location for “Pemberley”, the home of Mr. Darcy, in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice (a connection it is exploiting to raise funds for a restoration [1]).

The original Elizabethan house was redesigned to resemble an Italian palazzo in the 18th century by the Venetian architect Giacomo Leoni. There is further information on the design of Lyme Park on the Giacomo Leoni page. The parkland is a habitat for many Red Deer and Fallow Deer. Lyme has an unusual landmark, “The Cage”: a lodge which served as a watchtower from which to follow the stag hunts.

In front of the house is a “mirror pool”, an 18th-century landscape gardening feature, which is a small lake or pond perfectly reflecting the image of the principal facade. The garden features an orangery and a sunken Dutch garden.

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