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Country Houses of the Cotswolds: From the Archives of "Country Life" [Hardcover]

Nicholas Mander
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25 Jun 2008

The Cotswolds, the ridge of limestone hills that runs the fifty miles from Chipping Campden in the north to Bath in the south make up England’s largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The region’s unspoilt countryside, unrivalled architectural heritage and proximity to Bath, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon, make it the country’s most popular tourist destination outside of London.

Drawing on Country Life magazine’s unrivalled picture archive – a unique repository of architectural history - Nicholas Mander has selected two hundred of the very finest photographs to illustrate his fascinating survey of the Cotswolds country house through the ages.

Grouped by period and style, the properties featured reveal the historical and architectural importance of the region. Divided into three main sections, the book looks first at the castles such as Sudeley, with its royal connections spanning a thousand years, as well as magnificent examples of early manor houses, including Owlpen and Snowshill Manors and Daneway House; and important Jacobean houses like Stanway and Chastleton House.

The second section focuses on the great Classical country houses and noblemen's palaces of the eighteenth century, including Badminton House and Dyrham Park. The book concludes with a survey of the twentieth century and beyond, documenting the work of leading practitioners of the Arts and Crafts movement, including Ernest Barnsley's Rodmarton Manor and William Morris's Kelmscott –both superb embodiments of the Arts and Crafts ideal. A final chapter covers some of the most recent houses and gardens.

A beautifully illustrated book, Country Houses of the Cotswolds is a wonderful celebration of one of some of Britain’s most treasured architecture: an essential companion for the armchair sightseer and prospective tourist alike.


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (25 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845133315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845133313
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Nicholas Mander grew up on a farm in the North Cotswolds. Since 1974, he has lived at Owlpen, a Tudor manor house and garden, which is open to the public. He has known many of these Cotswold houses and seen their owners adapt over three generations of ownership, a period that has seen fundamental change in the agricultural way of life. He has been involved for many years with the management and conservation of historic buildings in the region, and is currently a trustee of the Woodchester Mansion Trust. He was born in 1950, and educated at Downside and Trinity College, Cambridge. He has written many articles for journals and for Country Life, and is the author of Varnished Leaves, and has two titles published by Aurum: The Cotswold House: Stone Houses and Interiors from the English Countryside and Country Houses of the Cotswolds.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A well written book 24 Dec 2011
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This book is beautifuuly written and beautifully presented with lovely photos from the Country Life archive. It has been well researched and an essential read for lovers of Cotswold stone houses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome gift 15 Feb 2013
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This book was bought as a Christmas gift for friends who have been most enthusiastic about it. Our own view suggests strong recommendation
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3.0 out of 5 stars country houses in the Cotswolds 24 Jan 2013
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this is a most interesting treatise of the subject - mainly black and white archival photos - well written but could do with more recent colour shots - fits in the hands well
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best. 25 Oct 2010
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A book that gives more visual delight than many of the others dealing with the same topic.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 9 July 2010
By Paul in Cincy - Published on Amazon.com
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As I currently own a Cotswold tudor-style home, I was excited to buy this book for it's interior shots. While nicely done, it was a disapointment. The pictures are historic and generally B & W. They are mostly identical to those in "The Cotswold House: Stone Houses and Interiors from the English Countryside", but inserted in a diferent order.

The book was not very interesting, nor particularly useful.
3.0 out of 5 stars TWO TITLES but only ONE BOOK !!! 13 Jan 2014
By M D J - Published on Amazon.com
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The photos in this book are NOT "mostly identical" to "The Cotswold House: Stone Houses and Interiors from the English Countryside". It is the EXACT SAME BOOK, word for word, printed by the same [Singapore] printer. "Country Houses of the Cotswolds: from the Archives of Country Life", was published by AURUM PRESS in Britain in 2008. "Cotswold....Stone Houses and Interiors from the English.... " is an IDENTIAL COPY, published by RIZZOLI in the USA in 2009.

Don't be tricked by this duplicity. Nicholas Mander (the author) and AURUM PRESS should never have allowed RIZZOLI to publish this book under a different name while it is still for sale under the original title. It might be different if it was out of print, or 25 years later !!! Considering the normally superb reputation of both these publishers, I find this extremely disappointing.
So PICK ONE. It is an excellent book with the outstanding photographs one expects from Country Life. Just don't buy them both !
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