Stay in a birdhouse

The address alone should make you want to stay here. Badger Dingle. And then you're told it's a Birdhouse!

This cutie was designed in 1783 by the great architect James Wyatt in a natural setting so spectacular it spells out what the Picturesque movement of the era was all about. 

Today it is a romantic hideaway for two.... with a view shared only by birds.

It didn't begin romantically though. Around 1780, Isaac Hawkins Browne, a wealthy Midlands industrialist, called in landscape designer and pupil of the oddly-named Capability Brown, to enhance a natural ravine on his estate.

As it had to perch above this, the Greek Revival style pavilion acquired its name. The exterior was fairly plain, but the salon (aka nest) within was elegantly decorated.

This is a Landmark Trust property. Images by John Miller for the Landmark Trust.

Find out how you may join the birds in this Picturesque setting....

 
 

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