Virginia Water

Virginia Water is that most English of places; a natural landscape that is entirely manmade, with woodland that is reminiscent of a London park, an artificial lake with a set of carefully arranged columns from Leptis Magna to provide the additional air of a Claude painting. The Rhododendrons are finishing their flowers when I visit but the waterside is speckled with yellow irises and mandarin ducks hiding from the visitors behind them. The most incongruous element is the most modern; a totem pole from British Columbia.