Category Archives: Country Houses

English Heritage Georgian Makeover + Kenwood House London

Big Wigs Going Viral “Hello! I’m Fashion Historian Amber Butchart and welcome to Kenwood House which is cared for by English Heritage. We’re standing inside an incredible Georgian house in north London that was once home to William Murray, 1st … Continue reading

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Fréthun Town Hall Hauts de France + Mairie

Xanadu in the Boondocks Town hall as château. The Hôtel de Ville of the Fréthunois and Fréthunoises is terribly smart. Under the direction of the recently appointed Mayor Guy Heddebaux, it’s become even smarter: “We’ve built a square in front … Continue reading

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Hôtel Meurice Calais + Lavender’s Blue

Schmotel From Paris to Berlin Calais, we’re always at home in Le Meurice. C’est bon. C‘est très bon. Tout suite.

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Fréthun Farm Hauts de France + Summer

Gîte Alors Storied lives, crowded with incident. There’s always respite in a shadow place of contrasts.

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Blessed + Fréthun Hauts de France

A Strong Tower The righteous.

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Royal Ascot + The Duchess of Cambridge

Berserk in the Berkshire | A Missing Glass Carriage | Courses for Horses | The Tori Party The Season is in full swing. Tuesday morning of Summer Solstice week: a chauffeur driven Merc screeches to a halt outside The House … Continue reading

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Giusti Gardens Verona + Summer

A Maze “The Giusti Gardens are very simple and rather English!” exclaims architect John O’Connell. “So beautiful, not heroic, just green. They have lots of trees, paths and shade, and were much admired by Mozart and Goethe though not at … Continue reading

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The Summer House Hampshire + Summer

Strawberry Thrill | A Crumpled Festoon In season, The Summer House comes into its own. It’s time for Earl Grey in the octagonal Gothick dining room with the French doors flung open to the allure of summer.

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Mary Martin London + MML + The Green Dress

The Balm of Gilead

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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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