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Welcome to the market: Lutyens’ The Salutation, Kent

The analogy between language and architecture is one that has often been made, particularly as fluency is the key measure of success in both fields.  An immature architect can make elementary mistakes with the grammar of a building style as … Continue reading

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‘A brighter, richer landscape lies display’d’; the battles for the views of country houses

Looking out from the top of Richmond Hill in south west London,  towards Windsor Castle, is to take in one of the most famous and admired views of the Thames, one that includes glimpses of at least four significant country … Continue reading

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Bylaugh Hall: the hidden history to a remarkable restoration opportunity

Many country houses we can visit today are innately interesting; the design, the contents, the occupants, all tell a tale.  Sometimes though there are houses with a much richer past which not only have an immediate story to tell but … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

It’s that time of year when I especially wished that I actually lived in a country house; the decorations, the roaring fire, the snow on the parkland. That said, I am lucky enough to write about and visit them – … Continue reading

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The estate office: country houses as corporate headquarters – and Barrington Hall, for sale

In many ways, a country house was often the headquarters of a business relating to both the estate and the affairs of the family who lived there.  This role was to be mirrored in the latter half of the 20th-century … Continue reading

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A country house at risk of demolition: Winstanley Hall – and how you can help save it

That the headline above is even possible today is shocking; that it almost came with the acquiescence of English Heritage is even worse.  The wealth of Britain allowed the creation of thousands of wonderful country houses; stores of learning, art, … Continue reading

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Higher (country) seats of learning: country houses and current courses

Perhaps one of the most traditional images of university is that of the hallowed, ancient spires of Oxford and Cambridge.  The idea that wisdom is a product of experience can create a sense that perhaps historic surroundings might impart some … Continue reading

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