Praise for The English Country House:
"For hundreds of years generation after generation of the families that built these rarely seen houses, has added to the delights seen within and without."—Min Hogg
"Whatever virtues one assigns to the English country house (. . . .a daunting coffee table book just out from the Vendome Press), coziness is not one of them. . . .And yet the drafty beauty of the estates is such that it would clearly be worth enduring centuries upon centuries of emotional remoteness just to hang on to all that pomp and silver and canopied beds and coffered ceilings and graceful balustrades nestled in the sheepy hills." —TownandCountryMag.com
"There's something mysterious about a stately home in the English countryside. . . . Peill takes a closer look at 10 such homes. . . . As if the beautiful photographs of the interiors and vistas weren't enough, Peill's text also looks at the histories and legacies of the families who occupied these estates." —MarthaStewart.com
"The book takes a look inside this quintessential British Institution, with parlors furnished with chintz and multiple paintings of ancestors, bookcases and breakfronts filled with old treasures, and rolling lawns with grazing sheep." —Women'sWearDaily.com
"This stunning decor book features ten English country homes in all of their architectural grandeur, with rolling landscapes, dotted with sheep. Passed down throughout the generations, these stately homes captivate the imagination, leading one to almost hear the service bells summoning the downstairs staff." —Inspired Design
"All of the images in this book, captured by phenomenal photographer, James Fenell, the stories of the houses and the history of their owners, are breathtaking. . . .If you've had the opportunity to visit England, or dreamed of visiting England, or perhaps you're just an Anglophile like me, this book is a must-have in your library and one you'll likely find hard to put down." —Color Outside the Lines
Ranging from Kentchurch Court, a former 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 to a ducal palace (Badminton) to stately Goodwood House, England’s greatest sporting estate, this beautifully illustrated book showcases ten outstanding British country houses—all still in the hands of descendants of the original owners.
James Peill, co-author of Vendome’s The Irish Country House and curator of Goodwood House, recounts the ups and downs of such deep-rooted clans as the Cracrofts, landowners in Lincolnshire since the twelfth century, whose late-eighteenth-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 relatively newly arrived Biddulphs, who constructed Rodmarton, an Arts & Crafts masterpiece, in the first decades of the last century. James Fennell, the photographer of this volume and its Scottish and Irish companions, has once again provided a wealth of gardens, charming interiors, bygone sporting trophies, fine art collections, and fanciful family memorabilia, making The English Country House a delicious treat for Anglophiles and lovers of old houses.
About the Contributor(s)
James Peill is the curator of Goodwood House in West Sussex, England. Formerly a vice president of Christie’s, where he was a specialist in the European Furniture Department, he is the co-author (with the late Desmond FitzGerald, Knight of Glin) of The Irish Country House and Irish Furniture. He lives in England.
Julian Fellowes is an English actor, novelist, film director, and screenwriter, best known as the creator and head writer of the phenomenally popular TV series Downton Abbey.
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, Vanishing Ireland, Vanishing Ireland: Further Chronicles of a Disappearing World, and The Irish Pub. He lives in Ireland.
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