Chatsworth: English Baroque Masterpiece

Home to the aristocratic Cavendish family since 1549, and passed down through 16 generations, Chatsworth House is the seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Standing on the east bank of the River Derwent, Chatsworth looks across to the low hills that divide the Derwent and Wye valleys. The house, set in expansive parkland and backed by wooded, rocky hills rising to heather moorland, contains a unique collection of priceless paintings, furniture, Old Master drawings, neoclassical sculptures, books and other artefacts. Chatsworth has been selected as the United Kingdom's favourite country house several times. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire. Chatsworth House, De

Harewood House: Neoclassical Excellence

'I would not exceed the limits of expense that I have always set myself. Let us do everything properly and well, mais pas trop.' - Edwin Lascelles to Robert Adam, c. 1765. When Edwin Lascelles started building Harewood House in 1759 he wanted nothing but the best for his new home. He employed the finest craftsmen of the time: York-born architect John Carr, fashionable interior designer Robert Adam, England’s greatest furniture maker Thomas Chippendale and visionary landscape gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Harewood House, the Hall. A noble ante-chamber rather than a place in which to linger. Robert Adam designed the ceilings, friezes and chimneypieces throughout the house, everything b

Castle Howard: Masterpiece of the English Coutry House

Castle Howard, South elevation, with a view of the Atlas Fountain, a glorious sculptural extravagance built to a design by William Nesfield (1853). in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of North Yorkshire. Castle Howard is not a true castle, but this term is also used for English country houses erected on the site of a former military castle. It was where the Earl of Sandwich lived for a long time. It is a private residence, and has been the home of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family for more than 300 years. Although building work began in 1699, the construction of Castle Howard took over 100 years to complete, spanning the lifetimes of three Earl

Nostell Priory: The Treasury of Chippendale's Masterpieces

Nostell Priory was designed in the fashionable Palladian style, intended to be a symbol of the owner’s wealth and fashionable taste. It was almost completely furnished by Chippendale, including the chopping block in the kitchen. The Top Hall at Nostell Priory remodelled by Robert Adam. The hall chairs, a set of eight, originally painted white, were designed by Chippendale to match Adam's neat neoclassical hall. North Staircase at Nostell Priory An opulent George III period barometer by Justin Vulliamy in the North Staircase at Nostell Priory. The neat case veneered in fine tulipwood with richly carved and gilt ornament was made by Thomas Chippendale in 1768. Typical Chippendale's Rococo fre

The Ultimate Grand Tour: Britain's Greatest Country Houses

The tour of some the UK's most significant country houses, which we have recently completed in just under a week, has been one of our best road trips so far. It had been planned long ago and was much anticipated: we were extremely excited to visit these treasuries, housing tremendously important collections of fine and decorative arts, including the finest examples of English architecture, historic interiors, and of course, cabinetmaking. Having departed from London last Wednesday we headed straight to Nostell Priory, one of Thomas Chippendale's largest commissions of furniture; then we followed up to York and Fairfax House, arguably the world's best collection of brown furniture. Magnific

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