Originally a Benedictine monastery, Audley End was entirely rebuilt by Thomas Howard between 1605 and 1614. The house is currently undergoing large restoration work, with most of the facade hidden by scaffolding. The gardens are still worth a visit, as they offer views of unspoilt Essex countryside as well as formal and kitchen gardens.
Plus its fun to play in the leaves!
We were lucky that some of the flowers were still in bloom.
more autumnal pictures after the cut:
Our visit coincided with Halloween, so there was lots of pumpkins and marrows around. The restaurant uses fruit and vegetables grown on the estate.
Definitely my favourite season!