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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 6.8ha (17-acre) Victorian
garden boasts impressive bedding schemes, a
sunken parterre, an Edwardian rose garden, Jekyll-style
herbaceous borders, reflection lake, a ravine
garden and Wyatt conservatory.
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.