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William Kent Garden
Holt Hotel, Steeple Aston Falkland Arms, Great Tew
Horse and Groom, Caulcott Falkland Arms, Great Tew Red Lion, Steeple Aston
Rousham represents the first phase of English landscape design and remains almost as Kent left it. It is one of the few gardens of this date to have escaped alteration, with many features which delighted eighteenth century visitors to Rousham still in situ, such as ponds and cascades in Venus' Vale, the Cold Bath, and seven arched Praeneste, Townsend's Building, the Temple of the Mill, and on the skyline, a sham ruin known as the 'Eyecatcher'. There is also a lovely walled garden with herbaceous borders, a small parterre, pigeon house and espalier apple trees.
Rousham House and its gardens are largely the work of William Kent (1685-1748).
The house, originally built in 1635 by Sir Robert Dormer, is still in the ownership of the same family. Kent added the wings and stable block and made alterations to the interior.