Category Archives: Country Houses

Mary Martin London + MML + The Green Dress

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Barnes Gap + Vinegar Hill Tyrone

Far West of the Bann They’re Northern Ireland’s answer to Wuthering Heights. The Sperrins are the Province’s largest mountain range. Barnes Gap is one of many scenic highlights: a waterless fjord. Spring lambs dot the intensely green fields of Vinegar … Continue reading

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Mary Martin Fashion Designer + The Green Dress

Destiny Hall Every occasion is an haute couture one. Especially when you know Scotland’s International Awards Best Fashion Designer Mary Martin.

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Mary Martin London + The Green Dress Ireland

Friday Street Sognatrice, sofisticato soavità. Landed circles. When every day is extraordinary.

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Pitzhanger Manor London + Anish Kapoor

Master of Mirrors, Master of Light It’s the GSM rule. The thicker the invitation card, the better the party. The relaunch of Pitzhanger Manor proved the point. Sir John Soane’s former country house – post a £12 million facelift (or … Continue reading

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Castle Dobbs Carrickfergus + Sir Charles Lanyon

Two Faced Castle Ward is the most famous example of architectural schizophrenia in Ulster. High street bank neoclassicism one front; Strawberry Hill Gothick, the other. The two main elevations are stylistically divorced from each other. The two styles of Castle … Continue reading

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St Ernan’s House + Island Donegal

A Singular Existence Lack | Kesh | Toome. The nomenclature of the villages en route to St Ernan’s Island resonates with monosyllabic North West Ulster brusqueness. Pettigo may sound more reticent but it’s full of robust no nonsense Georgian buildings … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Fine Bone China

A Reaching for the Gothic Morning coffee | afternoon tea. Some things taste better wearing haute couture in a country house.

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The Summer House Hampshire + Winter

Off Season So it’s Royal Circle seats at the Glyndebourne performance of Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon (Cinderella). The French composer’s comic opera celebrating the power of fantasy is a blend of colourful characters, generous melodies and sumptuous orchestral textures in bewitchingly … Continue reading

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Boutique Hotel Awards +

Quite Simply The Universe’s Most Glamorous Hospitality Awards Gala Dinner  How the great poses? “We do it all the time!”

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