Dell Lake The Nest

Queen Alexandra's Nest by the lake

In the 1870s the original lake to the west of the House was drained, filled in and planted with elaborate formal parterres. Two new lakes were excavated, dotted with small islands and edged in places with carrstone; a romantic rockery and grotto were created and a picturesque valley formed to direct water from natural springs down a dell into the upper lake. In 1913, a charming summerhouse called The Nest was built for Queen Alexandra on the rockery overlooking the Lake and the Dell, and all this splendour was kept immaculate by a huge workforce.