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The Country House Revealed – Marsh Court, Hampshire

As with artists, some architects start well and then just get better, culminating in masterpieces which are rightly praised.  With buildings, and particularly the usually distant country house, it can be difficult to truly appreciate them; their beauty a pleasure … Continue reading

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Going to the country: more country houses of UK Prime Ministers – Part 2

The first part of this series, highlighted the aristocratic background of our early Prime Ministers – Earls and Dukes abound.  This meant that a country house was just where they had been brought up and simply regarded as home rather … Continue reading

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The rise and fall of French taste on UK country houses

For all the traditional antipathy towards the French, the influence of their architecture has been felt throughout Britain’s country houses.  Although initially the use of the French architectural vocabulary was a sign of wealth and education only available to the … Continue reading

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Houses as hospitals: the country houses in medical service

Our country houses have always been adaptable as changing fashions or functions required they accommodate new ways of living or roles.  One role which quite a few houses have taken on is that of hospital – either privately or as … Continue reading

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After the fire, the difficult choices: Raasay House, Scotland

When Raasay House on the Isle of Skye Raasay was largely destroyed by a huge fire in January 2009 just days before it was due to reopen following a £4m refurbishment, the locals and owners vowed to quickly rebuild the … Continue reading

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Converting country houses from commercial to residential: a sound investment?

As the pressures of the twentieth century forced more country houses owners to face the reality that they could no longer live as they had and would have to move out of their homes they then had to decide what … Continue reading

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Shaw House restoration shortlisted for award

The restoration of the grade-I listed Shaw House in Newbury, which had previously been on the English Heritage ‘Buildings at Risk’ register , has been shortlisted for 2010 Civic Trust Awards. Shaw House was built in 1581 for Thomas Dolman,  a … Continue reading

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