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5.0 out of 5 stars See these handsome houses where the wealthy nobles dwell., 24 Oct 2003
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This review is from: Great Houses of England and Wales (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
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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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