The English Country House
- ISBN 9780500517079
- 31.10 x 23.50 cm
- 225 Illustrations, 225 in colour
- First published 2013
The country houses of England are among her crowning glories. Presented here are ten outstanding examples, all still in the hands of descendants of the original owners
‘Combines intriguing family history with stunning images of both the properties themselves and their prized art collections’ – Art Quarterly
‘Many of the houses are closed to the public, and some have never been featured in a book before, so there is much novelty to enjoy here. The photographs are wonderful … a proud celebration of England’s country house heritage’ – Good Book Guide
‘The layout of the book is beautifully paced and the double-page photographs are glorious … Brimming with characters, fine architecture, portraits, parkland and chapels, this book is a must for anyone interested in the English country house’ – Historic House
‘Its tone is deliberately light, balancing the nuts and bolts of architectural history with family anecdote … offers inspiration for colour, pattern and the arrangement of rooms … very enjoyable’ – The World of Interiors
The houses range from Kentchurch Court, a fortified medieval manor house that has been the seat of the Scudamore family for nearly 1,000 years, to a delightful Strawberry Hill-style Gothic house in rural Cornwall, the ducal palace of Badminton in Gloucestershire, and Goodwood House, England’s greatest sporting estate. Many of the houses remain closed to the public – and some have never been featured in a book before.
James Peill recounts the ups and downs of such deeprooted dynasties as the Cracrofts, whose late 18th-century Hackthorn Hall is a perfect example of the kind of house Jane Austen describes in her novels (indeed, she appears on their family tree), as well as the Biddulphs, who constructed the Arts and Crafts masterpiece Rodmarton in the first decades of the last century. James Fennell provides superb photographs of a wealth of gardens, charming interiors, bygone sporting trophies, fine art collections and evocative family memorabilia.
A stirring source of inspiration for all those concerned with living traditions and classic interiors, here is a proud celebration of England’s country house heritage.
James Peill is the curator of Goodwood House in West Sussex. Formerly a director of Christie’s, where he was a specialist in the Furniture Department, he is the co-author (with the late Desmond FitzGerald, Knight of Glin) of The Irish Country House and Irish Furniture.
James Fennell specializes in interior, architectural, portrait, fashion and travel photography. His work has been published in Condé Nast Traveller, World of Interiors, Elle Décor and Architectural Digest. His books include The Irish Country House, The Scottish Country House and The Irish Pub, all of which are published by Thames & Hudson.
Julian Fellowes is the creator of the hugely successful period drama Downton Abbey.