Our July visit to Rousham House and Gardens, near Lower Heyford, was blessed with sunny weather. We arrived by car and most of us had a guided tour of the house with the owner. Both the house and gardens were designed by William Kent the first English landscape gardener who has influenced our gardens ever since the 17th century. The house was full of William Kent designed rooms with wonderful furniture and fireplaces and many portraits of the Dormer family who have owned the house since it was built in the 1600’s. The gardens were beautifully relaxed with a long border, parterre, dovecote, peacocks and vistas to follies and statues. Rousham is the only William Kent garden that has remained unchanged since it was designed and is completely uncommercial, so no tea room or gift shop. A lovely afternoon in a house and garden full of history.