Category Archives: Country Houses

Mount Falcon County Sligo + Phantom the Falcon

The First September The architect James Franklin Fuller sounds like he’d have been good craic at a dinner party. When not bashing out High Victorian melodramatic novels, bragging of his descent from Charlemagne or boasting of his wife’s connections to … Continue reading

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Goodwood Revival 2018 + Richmond Lawn Marquee

Early Autumn The War is over, the party’s begun. It’s a sepia tinted festival for the upper echelons. Goodwood Revival is all about the fashion dancing racing. Every September the West End comes to West Sussex as the Earl of … Continue reading

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Cecil Manor + Queen Áine’s Tomb Clogher County Tyrone

Royal Female Lavender’s Blue are familiar with royalty. This summer, (the royal) we have met The King of Tory Island, The King of Nigeria, The Princess of The Congo (dancing queen), The Queen, Princess Alexandra, Prince Charles (again), the Duchess … Continue reading

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Buncrana Castle Inishowen County Donegal + Sir John Vaughan

Notes on a House | Capricorn Concerto It is one of the most romantically situated country houses in Ireland, picturesquely positioned on a peninsula off a peninsula. Buncrana Castle is perched on the edge of its namesake town, looking serenely … Continue reading

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Sprivers House Kent + The Irish Georgian Society London

Rhymes with Rivers | Colon Irrigation At the Irish Georgian Society London: we do like our very private houses: the longer the laneway the better. Sprivers House in the Weald of Kent ticked both boxes and then some. We were the … Continue reading

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The Summer House Hampshire + Lavender’s Blue

Meon Nights | County Life | We Come from Somewhere “The man’s the work. Something doesn’t come out of nothing.” Edward Hopper Snow on snow on snow a frozen memory, the encasement of ice long melted, The Summer House is … Continue reading

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Samarès Manor Jersey + Seigneur Vincent Obbard

Entertainment Value These houses were built for entertaining. Samarès Manor is the only historic estate open to the public in Jersey. To that end, there’s plenty of entertainment to be had! You can tour the house; eat, drink and be … Continue reading

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The Garthwaite Family + Matfield House Kent

The House Where Time Doesn’t Stand Still Kent is pleasant in spring. Well, yes it is, but it’s jolly pleasant in summer too. Especially past the commuter belt, heading for the Weald. Even more especially when it’s one of the … Continue reading

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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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