Category Archives: Country Houses

Preston Manor + Preston Park Brighton

Brighton Rocks The seaside town is pretty raucous but a mere five minute taxi drive inland takes you from the crazy coastline to the peaceful Preston Manor where all is leafily calm: serenity prevails, tranquillity reigns. The house exudes more … Continue reading

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Benburb Manor + Benburb Priory Tyrone

Macha’s Twins Benburb Manor in County Tyrone – red brick, chamfered bay windows, high gables – is like a suburban Belfast villa on steroids. It was built in 1887 to the design of the prolific architect William Henry Lynn when … Continue reading

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Glenarm Castle Walled Garden + Catherine FitzGerald

Lawns in Bawns “Kings, princes, and the wisest men of all ages, have some or other of them, taken singular delight in this exercise of planting, setting, sowing, and what else that is requisite in the well ordering of orchards … Continue reading

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Town + Country

Fox News Snow fun keeping the wolf from the door.

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The Summer House Hampshire + Capability Brown

Weekending One man’s folly is another man’s fort. It’s something of a Tardis, a Marino Casino for the South Downs. The Summer House is really a compact three storey villa disguised as a gothic folly. A delightful conceit. The garden … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + The Irish Times + The Gloss

Russian Unorthodox Lavender’s Blue. A Vision | A Residence | A Blog. Our Gesamtkunstwerk. A decade of collecting and arranging. Irish country house attic style. So where better to celebrate in print than The Irish Times? Better again, The Gloss … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Goldsborough Hall Yorkshire

Princess Diaries One can never have enough chairs.

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Marble Hill House + Marble Hill Beach Dunfanaghy

Untitled | Entitled | Titled Never filler; always killer (lines).

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Viscount + Viscountess Mersey + Bignor Park Sussex

Downy Grass with Tufts of Alpine Flowers | Catch the Slow Train to Dawn Bignor Park is quite simply the most romantic place in the South Downs. Not just the dream of a house, all shell pink walls and shuttered … Continue reading

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Cavanacor House + Cavanacor Gallery Donegal

Weathering Well An anaemic sun blurred against a bleached sky casts no shadows over the house or garden. Close the cast iron gates and the 10 acre estate folds in on itself. Set back from the coast, it’s a rural … Continue reading

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