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The country estate of Stowe lies at the heart of England, both geographically and historically. It embodies the English virtues of freedom, subtlety and trust

By Terence Kealey   February 2008

The most English spot in England is Stowe, the country estate that borders the town of Buckingham. Stowe qualifies for a number of reasons. First, by straddling the Buckinghamshire/Northamptonshire border, it lies somewhere in the middle of the country. Second, it occupies an iconic position historically, because Buckingham was for a century the forward garrison of King Alfred’s England, protecting us from the Danelaw of the Norsemen of Northamptonshire. And third, Stowe is beautiful, in an English way.

The landscape gardens at Stowe are the finest in England. They, and the house they embrace, were created by a galaxy of…

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