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A serene corner of Cheshire countryside holds the 18th-century house, formal gardens, chapel and parkland of Capesthorne Hall. The imposing symmetry of the property's facade showcases classic Jacobean-style architecture. 16th-century stained glass windows illuminate a lavish interior with its unique collection of antique and ebony furniture, marble sculptures and bronzes. Walls are adorned by historical paintings, portraiture and large mirrors reflecting delicate chandeliers. Outside, a spectrum of perennial plants, maples, cherry trees and unusual 18th-century flora frame a tranquil spread of lakes and abundant wildlife. Visitors requiring refreshment can seek out Butlers Pantry, which serves homemade lakeside lunches, cream teas, ice cream and other treats.