Wednesday 15th August 2018 – Woburn Abbey
The visit to Woburn Abbey, grade 1 listed, was most enjoyable. It is the family seat of the Duke of Bedford and is still the family home to the current Duke with extensive landscape gardens and a deer park.
We had a private tour of the Abbey viewing the art collection, amongst the finest in private hands, which was wonderful including some 250 paintings, with works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Canaletto and Velasquez. One room holds 22 Canaletto paintings which is the most you can see in a private collection apart from the Queen’s. Moreover, we also saw the collection of the most impressive manufactures of furniture, French and English in many periods, and a diverse and amazing collection of porcelain and silverware.
The staff were charming and helpful and the weather was kind which helped to make a most successful visit.