This late Elizabethen country hose is made of golden coloured local stone which glws even under a grey, cold sky. It was substantially remodelled a century or so later and recieved further "improvements" in the early 20th Century, when occupied by Lord Curzon who had returned to Enland after being Viceroy of India (it was the house in which his notorious pride took a dent when he failed to become Prime Minister. The house was almst empty when acquired by the National Trust so most of the furnishings, though in character, come from elsewhere, however the panalling, plasterwork and fireplaces are largely original. The Long Gallery on the upper floor, a wonderful space, houses a collection of Jacobean portraits from the National Portrait Gallery. Talks are given explaining the background of the pictures - we caught one on the family portail of George Villers Duke f Buckingham - a less than reputable but significant figure during the reigns of James I and Charles I after whom a group of streets around Charing Cross in London are named. It was interesting.
On this visit the weather was not apropriate for looking round the gardens, which appeared to be very oood, but the cafe, serving standard National Trust fare was very welcome. There are also catering options in the attractive village outside the gates.
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