Monthly Archives: December 2011

A stay in the country: country houses as hotels – and a bad plan

Although country houses were built primarily as homes, an integral and important function was their use for entertaining.  However, one dramatic change has been the nature of the guests and how they paid for their visits – and the birth … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you all!  I thought a snowy picture most appropriate even if at the moment it’s shaping up to be a warm Christmas rather than a white one. As always, writing this blog is a pleasure not only … Continue reading

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A poor prognosis: Great Barr Hall, Staffordshire

Many of the houses featured in this blog are shown as a celebration of the brilliance of our architects and craftsmen in creating one of the finest bodies of buildings of their type in the world.  Yet, in abundance is, … Continue reading

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