Monday, October 28, 2013

Book Review: The English Country House

Published by THE VENDOME PRESS

Who doesn't love a good book? I know I sure do! So, when I got a copy of The English Country House by James Peill, curator of Goodwood House in West Sussex, England - I knew that I needed to share the beauty of those pages with all of you, my friends and readers. 

Compiled of ten houses, Julian Fellowes, writer of the oh so popular TV series Downton Abbey, writes in the Foreword: "The ten houses in this book all have a fascinating story to tell and they are the more remarkable for only ever having passed by inheritance since the day they were built." I mean, imagine, the catalog of gorgeous homes, never infused with a different heritage - it is remarkable. 

Although all of the images in this book, captured by phenomenal photographer, James Fennell, the stories of the houses, and the history of their owners, are breathtaking - I had to share with all of you a couple of my favorites: 
Goodwood House, Sussex

Yellow Drawing Room
as photographed by J. Fennell, via website

Long Hall 
as photographed by J. Fennell, via website

The Large Library
as photographed by J. Fennell, via website

Badminton House, South Gloucestershire

The Library
as photographed by J. Fennell, via website

The Great Dining Room
as photographed by J. Fennell, via website

Stunning right? And they're not all grandly decorated as these examples - there's something to inspire everyone in this book ... including the many gorgeous exteriors and garden shots: 

Prideaux Place, Cornwall
as photographed by J. Fennell, via website

Badminton House 
as photographed by J. Fennell, via website

Madresfield Court
as photographed by J. Fennell, via website

Badminton
as photographed by J. Fennell, via website

If you've had the opportunity to visit England, or dreamed of visiting England, 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. Inspiration abounds page after page, and the 280, (YES ... 280!!!) beautiful images are like appreciating fine art. 

To buy your copy of the book, check out any of the links at VENDOME PRESS, where they'll take you over to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Abrams, Powell, and Goodreads. For more of my book reviews, click here

4 comments:

  1. Wow... this is a wonderful post, nice to visit here. You know what.. I love everything on these pictures. It's dream home. Thanks

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  2. OMG, that yellow drawing room made my heart jump! BEAUTIFUL!

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  3. I agree that the yellow room is so stunning! The exteriors are also wonderful Artie!

    Xoxo
    Karena
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  4. What a wonder-filled world you share, I'm going and follow you with so much pleasure, enthusiasm and joy, thank you !
    Have a gorgeous day
    Daniela

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