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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 car-crazed Goodwood House, this beautifully illustrated book showcases ten outstanding British country houses all still in the hands of descendents of the original owners. James Peill recounts the ups and downs of such deep-rooted clans as the Cracrofts, landowners in Lincolnshire since the twelfth 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 has once again provided 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.
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James Peill is the curator of Goodwood House and a former vice president of Christie’s. Julian Fellowes is an actor, novelist, film director, and screenwriter, best known as the creator of Downton Abbey. James Fennell is the photographer of The Irish Country House and The Scottish Country House.Review:
'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, founding editor of The World of Interiors
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Book Description Thames & Hudson Ltd, 2013. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11050051707X