Country Life + Mayfield House Portlaw

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“If I was my house, I would sue you for libel. How dare you call it eccentric!” Hazel Dolling about Lissan House

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If art is anything you can get away with then architecture is whatever is there.

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The three great Lanyon houses of Ulster: Drenagh, Dundarave (say “Doon-Dah-Rrrrave”), Ballywalter Park. Listed in ascending order of size and significance. Who would have thought two of the three would leave the ownership of the original families in the same year?

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“Most certainly not! This is a private house!” The 5th and last Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava at Clandeboye

When you’re this fabulous, you’re bound to make a few enemies.

Yes, but is it art?

William Blake experienced his first vision in Peckham: “A tree filled with angels, bright angelic wings bespangling every bough like stars.”

Money may not buy happiness but I’d rather cry in a mansion than a cottage.

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“Ireland’s Best Hotel – Set in the loveliest scenery in Ireland, this hotel has all the amenities which the most fastidious could desire – Fishing, Golf, Tennis, Bathing, Dancing, an incomparable menu and 60 years tradition of comfort and service. No Currency Restrictions.” Classified Announcement, Country Life Coronation Number

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You can’t overdress on the Orient Express.

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“It’s bohemian.” Jacqueline Duncan, Founder of Inchbald School of Design, on Lavender’s Blue HQ

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