Dairy Cottage in the Batsford Arboretum and botanical garden, Gloucestershire, England. The Estate was inherited by Baron Algernon Mitford, an extensive Asian traveller heavily influenced by Japanese and Chinese gardens. The arboretum contains the national collection of Japanese Flowering Cherry Trees.
Mitford was succeeded by his son David, father of the infamous Mitford sisters (six daughters satirised by The London Times as “Diana the Fascist, Jessica the Communist, Unity the Hitler-lover, Nancy the Novelist, Deborah the Duchess and Pamela the unobtrusive poultry connoisseur”). Poor Pamela, she does come off very dull. I hope she hurried down to this fellow’s office and whacked him with her handbag whilst shrieking, “NOT SO UNOBTRUSIVE NOW, AM I?”
Anyway, Nancy the Novelist did indeed become a well known author; with works including Love In a Cold Climate, The Pursuit of Love, Madame de Pompadour, and The Sun King; and Deborah, the only surviving sister, is still Duchess of Devonshire; living in Edensor, Derbyshire. (Edensor is my icon) **cottage image from anguskirk on flickr**