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Daylesford is a small village in Gloucestershire, England, on the border with Oxfordshire. It is situated off the A436 near Stow-on-the-Wold and five miles west of Chipping Norton. The village is on the north bank of the small River Evenlode. The landscape falls within the Cotswold Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so designated in 1966.
In the medieval period the manor was held by the Hastings family. Until 1931 Daylesford was a detached part of Worcestershire, but in that year it was transferred to Gloucestershire. It was a separate civil parish until 1935, when it was absorbed into the civil parish of Adlestrop.
In 1788 it was acquired by Warren Hastings, Governor-General of India, a descendant of its medieval owners. In the following years, he remodelled the mansion, Daylesford House, to the designs of Samuel Pepys Cockerell, with magnificent classical and Indian decoration (a style later developed successfully at Sezincote House nearby). The gardens were landscaped by John Davenport (fl. 1774).
During the 20th century, the house and estate were the property of Viscount Rothermere, who restored the house with the help of the interior decorator John Fowler, and Baron Heinrich Thyssen. It is currently the Gloucestershire home of Sir Anthony and Lady Bamford, major shareholders in the JCB excavator company, and significant donors to the Conservative Party. Viscount Linley and his family rent a cottage on the estate.
The lakeside gardens with wooded walks and unusual trees and shrubs are open to the public in the summer months. There is a farm shop on the estate, which sells organic food under the Daylesford Organic brand.
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