ROUSHAM HOUSE & GARDEN
Isabel Bannerman As a design duo, Isabel and husband Julian look to classical references.
No one can doubt that the changes wrought by Charles Bridgeman and particularly William Kent at Rousham between 1719 and 1741, shaped not only British, but European and American garden design in the following century. Julian and I have long venerated this garden for its simplicity; for its wit, sensuality and heart; for the different charms of the walled garden; and for the continuity brought to it by the Cottrell-Dormer family, who commissioned it originally, and who tend it with such a light and generous hand today. Rousham, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX25 4QU. Tel 01869 347110, rousham.org