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Great Houses of England and Wales [Paperback]

Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd , Christopher Simon Sykes
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25 April 2000
Features 25 great houses, including some lesser-known masterpieces and some famous showplaces. The photographs capture the atmosphere, and the anecdotal text concentrates on the families who created and, in many cases, still live in them.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing; New edition edition (25 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185669206X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856692069
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 16.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,446,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Never will you see English countryside and architecture more amorously photographed, nor the eccentricities of their owners more forgivingly celebrated -- Ferdinand Mount --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By rn Leifsson VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
A marvelous book. It covers about 25 treasure houses of England and Wales. There is a brief history of every house but its main focus is on the house as it it is today.
Each house is covered in about ten pages and there are a lot of beautiful photographs both from the outside and inside.
Most of these houses are like heaven on earth. The Arcitecture is Majestic, the gardens like arcadia and on the inside these houses are like art pieces from top to bottom. Then of course there is the splendid antique furniture, the brilliant sculptures and the paintings by past masters like for example Canaletto and Rembrant.
The houses that are visited in this book are: Alnwick Castle, Haddon Hall, Powis Castle, Penshurst Place, Syon House, Knole, Grimsthorphe Castle, Wilton House, Burghley House, Longleat, Hardwick Hall, Blickling Hall, Woburn Abbey, Tredegar House, Chatsworth, Petworth House, Boughton, Castle Howard, Blenheim Palace, Houghton Hall, Holkham Hall, Harewood House, Kedleston Hall, Belvoir Castle, Waddesdon Manor.
This book is a great introduction to the treasure houses of England because it covers briefly some of the most important houses and the topics related to them.
Highly Recomended, I have read it three times so far and I am continuously browsing through it.
Other authors who have written about similar matter and which I can recomend are, James Lees-Milne, Mark Girouard, Roy Strong, Candida Lycett Green, The Duchess of Devonshire and John Harris.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 6 Aug 2013
By janboth
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This book is a fantastic example of a top-quality coffee table book. Not only does the book cover 32 stately houses (some previously I'd not heard of : Compton Wynates), but it is equally divided between text and photography of each house. The text is richly detailed and explains both the history of the house in terms of the people who have lived in them and the actual building and construction (both interior and exterior) of each. The quality of the photography (whether exterior or interior) matches the text. One final reason why this book is of such a good quality is the actual quality of the paper - excellent 'glossy' paper that enhances the superb photography!
If you like the topic that this book covers, including the photography, I also recommend 'Great Houses of Scotland' and 'Great Houses of Ireland' each by the same publisher, author and photographer.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best English House Book . 7 Nov 2008
By MS. Bibliophile - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is the very best Coffee Table Book on English Country Houses . Tons of great color photos . Well made on quality glossy paper too . The text is great as well .
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I didn't realize that it was smaller 22 Feb 2012
By Kathy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is one time that I didn't read the description well enough. I saw the contents page on the sample and thought that I was getting that book. I went ahead and ordered the paperback as the price was lower and usually it is the same book as the hardcover. In this case, not so. The hardcover is a larger book in size with 424 pages and showing 32 houses. This book is much smaller in size, is 240 pages and shows 25 houses. It was totally my fault not to read the description better so I just want to point it out to others so they will know what they are getting. From what I have read and seen of the smaller book so far, it is great.....BUT I can tell that I really would have liked to have had the bigger, extended book instead.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Houses - So Grand 9 May 2007
By K. Bush - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed the overview that this book provides. I am facsinated with the world that existed for the wealthy members of society at the time when these houses were built and then refurbished. It was an easy read - I would be interested in seeing the extended version.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 July 2014
By Peggy Ann Graham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Beautiful pictures.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars 10 Feb 2013
By elizabeth ann ballard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book arrived pronto with a nice note from the sender. It was just as described and I';m enjoying it so much.
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