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Home of the Legh family for 600 years, Lyme is one of
Cheshires biggest country houses with superb gardens
which display year-round colour.
Originally a Tudor house, Lyme was transformed
by the Venetian architect Leoni into an Italianate palace.
Some of the Elizabethan interiors survive and contrast
dramatically with later rooms. The state rooms are adorned
with Mortlake tapestries, Grinling Gibbons wood-carvings
and an important collection of English clocks.
The garden is surrounded by a medieval deer
park of almost 566ha (1,400 acres) of moorland, woodland
and parkland, containing an early 18th-century hunting
tower. Lyme appeared as Pemberley in the BBCs
adaptation of Jane Austens novel Pride and Prejudice,
and also featured in the recent Granada production of
The Forsyte Saga.