I have visited a huge number of historic properties in 2014, some of which I have already blogged about, and some of which are blogs waiting to happen! Here is my top twenty.
Can you name the places I have visited from the pictures below? If you need a few clues, there is a list of all the places below the pictures. Answers here.
I started the year with a visit to Nostell Priory in Yorkshire with its exquisite Adam interiors, followed by a visit to Stourhead with its world famous landscaped gardens. My birthday treat was a visit to Arlington Court in Devon and the National Trust Carriage Museum, where I was particularly taken by a travelling carriage complete with the Georgian equivalent of a roof box!
A short break in Plymouth enabled me to follow in George III’s footsteps, visiting Saltram where he stayed in 1789, and Cotehele and Mount Edgcumbe, both of which the King visited during his stay.
My July travels took me to Surrey: Clandon Park where Frederick, Prince of Wales, dined in 1729; Hatchlands built for Admiral Boscawen and his bluestocking wife Fanny; and Polesden Lacey, the estate which was once leased by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Later in the year I visited Uppark, restored from the devastation caused by fire in 1989, and The Vyne, once visited by Henry VIII.
Several of the places I visited this year have been used as film locations: Haddon Hall, repeatedly used as a film set for Jane Eyre; Sudbury Hall, where the internal shots of Pemberley in the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice were filmed and Lyme Park where the external shots were filmed; Kedleston Hall where part of The Duchess was filmed; and Chatsworth used in the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice.
I visited the magnificence of Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill; Osterley Park, the showplace of the Child family; and Kenwood House, once home to Lord Mansfield and his illegitimate great niece Dido, subject of the film Belle, as well as the more modest Eyam Hall in Derbyshire.
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