Lets be honest, who’s going to turn down an invitation to Ditchley House? It’s like being invited for a weekend at Downton Abbey. Ditchley’s history dates back to the 16th century when Sir Henry Lee, first owner of the Ditchley Estate, became one of the major courtiers of Queen Elizabeth I. The grounds, located in Oxfordshire, were once the site of a Roman villa and served as a royal hunting grounds and a weekend retreat for Winston Churchill during World War II, where he spent part of his time negotiating the Lend-Lease agreement with FDR. The place just drips history.
The pictures below show the main house and, inside, one of the many splendid rooms, the White Drawing room. The third picture is taken from one of the bedrooms and shows a portion of the handsome grounds surrounding the house.
In recent decades, Dtchley has served as an international conference center to examine ambitious topics. This conference on modern education included delegates from England, Canada, Jordan, China, India, and, of course, several representatives from the United States. Participants include a Member of Parliament, a former member of the U.S. Congress, leading academics from Oxford and Cambridge, a columnist from Financial Times, and the long-time editor-in-chief of The Guardian.