The Gravel Drive

I’ve been reading quite a few articles on class snobbery as it relates to the impending royal wedding.  The most recent one, The Real Housewives of Kensington Palace by Will Frears, was from the March 20th issue of NY Magazine.  In it, Frears questions what the English aristocracy must think of Kate Middleton’s family and he includes the following:

“Her parents have a tarmac drive, for God’s sake,” said one anonymous member of the Gloucester polo set.  Only parvenus travel to their house on tarmac; the upper classes are said to prefer to ride on gravel.

That statement gave me a bit of a chuckle first because of the gravel comment and secondly because of the use of the word parvenus (get out your dictionary), but if you love gravel drives, here are some good ones:

Chenies Manor House Buckinghamshire, England
Burghley House – widely regarded as the grandest house of the Elizabethan age.

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  1. Elizabeth

    Funny, just last night I was fantasizing about having a little house in France with French doors leading out to a garden paved in pea gravel, the table for coffee surrounded by trees and flowering shrubs, or shrubs and flowers (horticultural imagination not up to task).

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