WEST COUNTRY: Discover Britain's Historic Houses


WEST COUNTRY: Discover Britain's Historic Houses

SIMON JENKINS    Book Number: 91686    Product format: Hardback

A Reader's Digest glamorous large publication of 97 of the most impressive, interesting or unusual dwellings in the West Country. They range from elegant Montacute in Somerset and medieval Buckland Abbey in Devon, to Cornwall's much-visited Lanhydrock and the tiny Fisherman's cottage in Clovelly. Here are houses with spectacular vistas onto coastlines like Sidholme in Sidmouth, a Regency seaside villa with a private chapel, now a hotel, which retains its Regency barge boards, verandas and spiral stairs, overlooking gardens filled with palms, azaleas, cedars and sequoias, framing views of the coast below. The best feature of the interior is the Earl's Chapel, now a music room. Here are hall houses with Elizabethan façades, 18th century mansions built in the Queen Anne style, Highcross House in Dartington, a leading monument to Modernist architecture open part of the year as a museum, a Tudor house with and inner courtyard featuring Jacobean statues at Cadhay with an enjoyably faded domesticity, a medieval thatched cob cottage with painted hall partition at Broadclyst, Arlington Court, a classical house with a woodland garden and an Edwardian lady's collection, and St. Michael's Mount, an ancient monastery and castle set on an offshore island near Penzance with its creamy, granite walls and romantic presence. Here are magnificent carved elm staircases like Dunster, perpendicular windows with original mullions and tracery intact, spectacular beams of a walnut-wood roof supported by corbels carved into angels at Cleeve Abbey and beautiful furniture and tapestries and art also on display in this spectacular showcase. Includes the stories of the buildings, their occupants past and present, and adds up to an extraordinary record of British history. 192pp, 28 x 22cm.
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ISBN 9780276440670
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