If you long to find a piece of the traditional 'old world' along with tranquil quintessential 'Englishness' (grand stately home, the River Thames, trees, rolling green meadows, herds of cows) and you do not want to leave London, then look no further than Syon Park.
The architect, Robert Adam, created some of his finest interiors at Syon House in the 1760s. Described as "one of the finest villas in Europe", the house was remodelled in the grand neo-classical style, creating a fashionable home where the first Duke and Duchess of Northumberland could entertain on a lavish scale.
There have been gardens at Syon since the 15th century and they are renowned for their extensive collection of rare trees and plants. The centrepiece of the gardens is the spectacular Great Conservatory, built by the third Duke and considered to be the earliest of its kind in the country. It makes a splendid venue for all manner of entertaining.