famous house at Kingston Maurward was built for George Pitt, a cousin of
the Elder William Pitt. In its original form, it was completed in 1720,
it was red-brick, but legend has it that during a visit George III is
said to have questioned its looks - 'Brick, Mr Pitt, only brick'. The
mortified owner promptly encased the house in Portland stone.
house is now an agricultural college and is not open to the public. The
grounds are open and are well worth the visit. They are in English
style, that is natural, with lawns and water meadows as well as the
lake. There is also a fine Edwardian garden with stone terraces and yew
hedging. Within the grounds there are a Farm Animal Park with unusual
breeds, and a nature trail.