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.