The Globetrotter: Audley End

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Audley End House is currently a third of it's former size.

Audley End is a former prodigy house in Essex, England, on the doorstep of Saffron Walden.

Audley End is one of the most beautiful parts of England, and has been in restoration since 1984. The restoration has mainly focused on repair and conservation. The majority of the house is open to the public, but you’d need to buy a ticket. The gardens have become quite the breathtaking site, as they were used to support the entire mansion. That is until they fell into disuse in the twentieth century, of course.

The gardens are inhabited by a variety of animals and plants.

In fact, the gardens are likely the most beautiful thing in the entire area. Despite the well done restoration of the interior, it is still merely a house. Some of the plants are even from the 17th century, which is far older than many things in Florida.

The mansion we see today is a third of the size it was originally, and was built between 1605 and 1614 by Thomas Howard, the first Earl of Suffolk. The current house is influenced majorly by Sir John Griffin Griffin’s 1760s and 1780s work, and the 1820s work of the third Lord Braybrooke.

Griffin’s work was actually done by Robert Adams, who he employed. Braybrooke conserved ceilings, and his wife contributed the majority of the ancestral portraits that now hang the halls.

With the river Cam, the flat ground with surrounding hills made an ideal landscape to build on.

While it is just one garden among many in England, the picturesque Audley End house and gardens are incredibly beautiful. They are a perfect place to spend a day. Whether you spend the time admiring the masses of artwork lining the halls of the home, or walking through the fresh air and observing the diverse ecosystem the gardens have; Audley End has it all.