Wednesday, 14 December 2011


Before my last visit to the UK disappears totally into Christmas preparations, I would like to show you a couple of photos taken inside the house.  As no flash photography was allowed, I will apologise now for the rather dismal lighting, but I think they are still worth looking at!

One of the amazing fireplaces - can't you just see a quilt here !

And maybe another one in this section of flooring ?

With approx 100 rooms, can you imagine these all ringing at the same time ?  Downton Abbey eat your heart out !

Part of the gallery landing

and its amazing ceiling ! 

The amount of wood panelling and carvings in this house is staggering, and all original. Most doors are embossed with flowers or animals and no two carvings are the same. One doorway had a freize of some 16 roses above it,  and all different.

These are just a couple of glimpses into an era long gone, but still fascinating today!

One thing I didn't mention in my last post was the chapel

This was added after the main house was built, and because of the contours of the land, was built on the side of a slope, hence the very large crypt !  The family would enter the chapel from the first floor of the house, and if you look closely at the photo just above the tree on the left, you can see the covered bridge that was built to enable them to attend services without going outside.

I hope you've enjoyed this little visit as much as I enjoyed the real thing !


QuiltSue said...

I could definitely see a colour scheme for a quilt in the photo of the fireplace.

Louise said...

Thank you for sharing the photos. It's an amazing place and to actually live there would be awesome (unless you're a servant). I enjoy armchair traveling!

Suzanne said...

I love finding patterns in unexpected places. I have some wonderful photos of the floor/wall tiles of many buildings thru out Washington DC that would inspire numerous quilts!

Anonymous said...

It really amazing looking.All are very traditional.All places are really gorgeous in uk.I want to visit this different places.Thanx to share it.


Michelle said...

Wow, that is GORGEOUS! I love the bells.