Category Archives: Country Houses

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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Mary Martin London + Irish Fashion

A Pre Raphaelite Reordering

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Strawberry Hill House London + Horace Walpole

The Royal and Imperial Academy’s Study Leave Part I | Crittal Factor | Found Treasures Before the quips of Oscar Wilde there were the quotes of Horace Walpole. Take, “The world is a tragedy to those who feel but a comedy to … Continue reading

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Mary Martin London + Cecil the Lion Dress + Ireland

Worn with Pride “The way we are living, timorous or bold, will have been our life.” Seamus Heaney When it first appeared on the international runways, the now legendary dress created a media frenzy. The Huff Post and BBC World … Continue reading

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Lissan House Cookstown + Autumn

A Tense Presence The last of the lineage, the late Hazel Dolling née Staples of Lissan House recorded at the beginning of the 21st century, “It is very quiet in the house at night but I know all the creaks. … Continue reading

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