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Hidden Gems


Join Flo Tippetts-Hill as she captures someof England’s hidden beauty spots and buildings


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t's basicallySummer, yippee! So this calls for a vacation or a road trip, I’m not fussy (preferably


both though). Its always nice to take a trip somewhere on your day off, to really enjoy all the sites and sounds


ofsummertime.Whether it’s taking the train across to another city, driving to the seaside, or cycling through the quaint villages – it’s so fulfilling tomake themost of your day and explore any undiscovered areas. Gosh, I get excited just fromfinding a hidden short cut or unusual architecture in the city, but London is always full of surprises. I recently took a trip to Chiswick


House and Gardens inWest London for a photo-shoot and it really is a hidden gem. It's one of the earliest examples of neo-Palladian design in England, built in 1725-1729, with the villa and surrounding structures inspired by ancient Rome. It also boasts 65 acres of Grade 1 listed


gardens, but you'll probably need a golf buggy if youwant to complete all of those before the sun goes down (buggy not included in entry fee). Nowaswe planned in advance,we


really couldn't predict theweather and even though itwas a scorcher the day before, itwas heavy rain with a chance of thunder and lightning on the day of the shoot...perfect. As it was set to rain,we chose to shoot in theDukesConservatory, which is hometo the oldest collection of camellias in Britain. The settingwas perfect as itwas situated in the middle of the Italian flower garden, of whichwas designed by Lewis Kennedy in 1812 for the sixthDuke of Devonshire. It lived up to its


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