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A magnificent showcase of ten outstanding English country houses, all still in family hands.
James Peill is the curator of Goodwood House in West Sussex, England. He is the co-author of The Irish Country House. James Fennell’s books include The Irish Country House, The Scottish Country House and The Irish Pub.
225 illustrations 28.0 x 21.0 cm 224pp paperback ISBN 978 0 500 293072 February £18.95
The English Country House James Peill • Introduction by Julian Fellowes Photographs by James Fennell 48
‘Glorious ... a must for anyone interested in the English country house’ Historic House ‘Its tone is deliberately light, balancing the nuts and bolts of architectural history with family anecdote ... Offers inspiration for colour, pattern and the arrangement of rooms ... Very enjoyable’ The World of Interiors
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 and car-crazed Goodwood House, this beautifully illustrated book showcases ten outstanding English country houses, all still in the hands of the original families. James Peill recounts the ups and downs of such deep-rooted clans as the Cracrofts, landowners in Lincolnshire since the 12th century, whose late 18th-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 provides superb photographs of 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.